"I now know that experience comes to us for a purpose, and if we follow the guidance of the spirit within us, we will probably find that the purpose is a good one."
What you will experience in the exhibit
Meet Ruby’s Family – at the start of Ruby’s path, an introduction to Ruby and her family, and life in New Orleans in 1960.
Separate, but Not Equal—a side-by-side comparison of school conditions for black and white students at the dawn of the civil rights era.
Drinking Fountain—a real segregation-era “Whites Only” water fountain from the museum’s collection illustrates the divisions between the races in post-WWII America.
Schoolroom Theater—a recreation of Ruby’s classroom at William Franz Elementary. Live performances in this theatrical space include portrayals of Mrs. Henry, a federal marshal, and a black classmate of Ruby’s. A sound-and-light show tells Ruby’s story once every 20 minutes.
We Were There Too—During the civil rights era, many children took up the challenge of fighting racism and demanding equality for all. Here visitors can watch videos about other young heroes in the movement, including the Birmingham Children’s Marchers and the Little Rock Nine.
Champions for Change—Crispus Attucks High School was the first all-black school to win a state basketball tournament; their players endured slurs and hardship both on and off the court. A case with objects loaned from the Crispus Attucks museum helps tell the story of civil rights in Indianapolis.
Life in the 1960’s—a display of objects from the museum’s American collection, showing what daily life was like in the U.S. during the civil rights era.
Slow Change—artifacts from the museum’s collection illustrate the history of race relations in Indiana up through the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.