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An Exhibit of The 1619 Project: Originated by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Featuring Essays from the August 19 Publication, including the entirety of the collection 400 Years: A Literary Timeline


Wednesday September 1, 2021: 9:00am to Thursday September 30, 2021: 9:00pm


Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby


On August 18, 2019, The New York Times Magazine published The 1619 Project, a special issue named after the year the first enslaved Africans were brought to this continent—“before America was America.”

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” It is the brainchild of New York Times Magazine staff writer, MacArthur “Genius Grant“ Fellow, and National Magazine Award winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, who will visit Rackham Auditorium on September 22, 2021, for a talk about the project's creation and impact.

The magazine was meticulously planned and designed, and this exhibit shares some of The 1619 Project's major original articles, poems, short stories, and images. It is on display in the Downtown Library Lobby in the lead-up to the September 22 event.

For more information about The 1619 Project, including the full pdf magazine and further reading visit

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