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History After Dark
Fashioning the New Negro
Sunday, January 20 | 12:30–2 pm | $30 (Members $20) | Students $25


How did African Americans use fashion to fight for equality? Join us as Harvard professor Dr. Jonathan M. Square, founder of Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, explores African American fashions as a radical form self-determination on a special tour of our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. Afterwards, we'll gather for discussion and he'll lead a visual analysis of images and photographs of famous and more obscure African Americans who employed fashion not only to critique and counter ideologies that cast them as inferior, but also to stake a claim in larger political struggles for freedom and equity. 

Do you have family photographs connected to this talk or the exhibition topics? Submit your family photos for inclusion in the talk to Ticket includes Museum Admission, tour, and discussion.


The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Reserve Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Students must present ID at the time of event. 

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