From the Old South to the New: A Regional History in Objects

What is the American South to you?

The Southern United States has undergone many radical changes in the past 150 years. The South, which is broadly defined in this exhibit as the eleven Confederate States as well as Kentucky and Missouri, has been a stage for slavery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and many other pivotal events in US history. It has also given the world Rock ‘n’ Roll music, chicory coffee and a cast of famous characters that are still venerated today. No other region of the US is more nostalgically remembered by some or more despised by others. Despite being held back for many years by the specter of inequality and poverty, the American South has now emerged as one of the fastest growing regions in the nation.

This exhibit will use objects to answer the key questions:

- How has the South changed?

- What caused the South to change?

- How have these changes affected Southerners?




Curator - Gary Sellick