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Art and Activism at Tougaloo College: A Story of Integration and Solidarity

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 6:30 pm

Event hosted by: American Federation of Arts

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As the AFA exhibition Art and Activism at Tougaloo College concludes its four-venue tour, join us for a unique program exploring the rich history of solidarity and integration at Tougaloo College, and the diverse group of people who came together to form a collection of modern art. The conversation will also feature a special first-hand account from alumnus and collector, Dr. Doris Browne.

“The emancipation of the soul involves surrender – the surrender of a lower to a higher self, the surrender of legend to fact, the surrender of narrow to wide horizons, the surrender of exclusive to inclusive fellowships.”
– Fred L. Brownlee, general corresponding secretary of the American Missionary Association, 1946, New York City.

In the spring of 1963, The New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College established Mississippi’s first collection of modern art.  Tougaloo College was established in 1869 by the American Missionary Association of New York, a nineteenth century integrated abolitionist society, with a mission to eradicate slavery and systems of caste. Amidst civil rights protests in a fiercely segregated state, the New York Art Committee, led by famed art writer and critic Dore Ashton, transformed Tougaloo College into a hub of European and New York School modernism and, as envisioned by the collection’s founders, “an interracial oasis in which the fine arts are the focus and magnet.”


Turry M. Flucker | Vice President of Collections and Partnerships, Terra Foundation for American Art, former Director and Curator of the Tougaloo College Art Collections

Dr. Doris Browne | President and CEO, Browne and Associates, LLC; Tougaloo alumnus


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