Nebraska History Museum is collecting objects from BLM protests
The Black Lives Matter movement took the world and Lincoln, Nebraska by storm and now the Nebraska History Museum is collecting signs and other memorabilia from the past events.
The Black Lives Matter movement took the world and Lincoln, Nebraska by storm, and now the Nebraska History Museum is collecting signs and other memorabilia from the past events.
“In history, so many things have just started out as a small movement and so knowing that we are just starting the foundation of a collection that’s going to tell a really big story is super important,” said Jordan Miller, collections registrar for the Nebraska History Museum.
The museum has more than 10 pieces so far, signs, riot smoke cans, and a rubber bullet. Though the museum is closed to the public because of COVID- 19, they still are collecting signs, clothing, and more objects that were used in the rallies and protests in May.
“I envision this collection being in an exhibit and be it 50 or 100 years and I think it’ll also be used heavily as a research collection,” says Miller. “So, having researchers come in and say “How did they do this? Why did they do this?'”
The museum has heard a few complaints along with praises of wanting to commemorate the protests, and Miller says including all voices, that’s a part of the story too.
“The push-back is all a part of the process and when you look at some of the exhibits that we’ve done, you know the suffrage exhibit,” says Miller. “We have the anti-suffragist movement, showcased because it was a really big part of it. So, to have those different opinions you need those to tell the entire story.”
She also points out the collection will be for future generations.
“That’s why we do this,” adds Miller. “It’s not for us, it’s for those coming after us so they can know the hardships that others face, that they will probably never understand. So, that’s why we have to do that is to make sure that others don’t forget what others had to fight for.”
The museum is calling on the community to make sure that each voice is heard to tell the story fully about the movement. Visit https://history.nebraska.gov/collections/collections-donation-form to donate.