Exhibition and app: civil rights in Pittsburgh through photos and oral histories

Newcastle University is pleased to announce a new civil rights themed exhibition and app as part of Freedom City 2017 (freedomcity2017.com), the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s honorary degree from the university. Please circulate the news of the app especially to interested colleagues and students, and consider using it in your teaching as well if relevant. Additional feedback can be provided in the app which will be helpful evidencing of ‘impact’.

Not as it is Written: Black Pittsburgh in Voice and Image.

A international collaborative exhibition—plus an innovative participatory app free to download and experience. Learn about race relations in Pittsburgh through the voices and pictures of African Americans who lived that history, and explore the civil rights themes of Freedom City in one American city.

Based on an international collaboration curated by Benjamin Houston from Newcastle University, the history of civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is explored in an exhibition running in Newcastle and Pittsburgh simultaneously. The content is based on two rich collections: a collection of oral histories gathered by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University [http://www.cmu.edu/history/cause/], paired with the Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris photographic collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art, also in Pittsburgh.

Additionally, a digital version of the exhibition is available as a free download (iOS/Android). The app contains the full content, but also features the opportunity for users to create their own reflections in response to the exhibition, Via the app, you can record your or another person’s story by taking photos and adding comments. These can be shared privately and/or with the exhibition team who may choose to share publicly via the app.


Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image


iOS link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/not-as-it-is/id1287946990?mt=8

Android link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.floculture.teenie


in Newcastle:

“Not as it is Written: Black Pittsburgh in Voice and Image.”
Great North Museum: Hancock, from 7 October to 1 December 2017.

In Pittsburgh:

“Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice.”
Carnegie Museum of Art, from 28 July 2017 to 21 January 2018.


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