July 7 – August 16, 2020
The African American Museum of Iowa will partner with the Czech Village/New Bohemia Mainstreet District, and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to bring Voices and Votes: Democracy in America to Cedar Rapids. The primary exhibition will be featured at the African American Museum of Iowa with the NCSML hosting a collaborative exhibition featuring artifacts from our sister museums in Cedar Rapids that tie into this Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit.
When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence, they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.