This exhibit on a watershed event in Duke University’s history was researched and curated by 2012 Duke graduate and Certificate in Documentary Studies recipient Caitlin M. Johnson, who began the work as her capstone certificate project at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Housed in the very space that the students occupied during the takeover, the show was on display September 12, 2013–October 22, 2013 and consisted of thirty panels of historic photographs and text, along with audio and video components. The exhibit was part of “Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students at Duke,” a campus-wide retrospective.

The week of the exhibit opening, CDS staff spoke with Caitlin Johnson and her faculty advisors about the development of the project. We also asked several current Duke students to reflect on the exhibit's significance in light of contemporary struggles for greater social justice in the Duke and Durham communities.

View the exhibit panels online here: arts.duke.edu/artsjournal/documenting-1969-allen-building-takeover-where-it-happened

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