[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 83; Ray Price]

Footage from the DuSable Museum of African American History. The Kartemquin crew records the beginning of a tour of students entering the museum, then interviews Curator Raymon Price. This tape is part of a documentary about the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1992 exhibition Bridges and Boundaries, although they do not directly address DuSable's relationship to the exhibit in this portion of the interview, and instead just start with some basic information about the museum itself.

0:00Copy video clip URL At the entrance hall of the DuSable Museum, a man talks to a group of students about black history and the history of the museum. He tells them about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable as well as a brief history of the people represented in murals around the hall: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr.

14:44Copy video clip URL The students begin to enter the museum and the cameraman records b-roll of the woodcut murals around the hall.

15:44Copy video clip URL Color bars & tone.

16:34Copy video clip URL The Kartemquin crew prepares to interview Raymon Price, Curator at DuSable. He begins back talking a little about the current exhibit at DuSable—objects recovered from a sunken slave ship—and their plans for future exhibitions.

18:07Copy video clip URL Price gives some basics about the museum and its history, and says it was the first African American art museum and yet compared to most museums, it is still fairly new. He also talks a little bit abotu growing up with Jewish folks in his neighborhood, and how that dynamic may have changed since.

26:45Copy video clip URL Price says, “The black experience separates more than it brings together.” He also talks about Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who founded the museum and was also one of Price’s teachers when he was younger.  He tells about how “scandalous” it was at the time that she would show up to class with natural hair. He tells of his respect for her, and about how he challenged another teacher who said something disparaging and racist about her.

 

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