Greensboro Lands Smithsonian Exhibit On Democracy

Greensboro Lands Smithsonian Exhibit On Democracy

7:00am Dec 26, 2019
Part of the museum's exhibit recounts how petitions and protests shaped the country. WFDD/PAUL GARBER

The Greensboro History Museum is hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit on American democracy.

The exhibit, called Project Democracy 20/20, explores that history and challenges our system of government has faced over the years. It includes displays about long-running issues such as who has access to the ballot and the role of the free press in our democracy. 

More modern takes include a virtual reality gerrymandering game that allows users to pick and choose who gets to vote.

Museum director Carol Ghiorsi Hart says plans to bring the exhibit here started more than three years ago. 

“I think the big takeaway is that this is hard work," she says. "It can get really messy, but democracy is a project that keeps on going and requires involvement of its citizens and the people of this nation to make it the best it can be.” 

The Greensboro museum is a Smithsonian affiliate, and its the travelling exhibit’s only stop in the Southeast. Admission is free.

But what’s on display also comes from Greensboro’s own collection as well as items from other area historical groups. 

Hart says a democracy exhibit focused on local and state issues will continue after the traveling exhibit wraps up on March 29.


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