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TESTIFY Storytelling Slam – TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


At a time of increasing racial tensions in our country, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Justice Alan Page and his family are again presenting their exhibit “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today” at Minneapolis Central Library’s Cargill Gallery. Directed by his daughter Georgi Page-Smith, selections from this extraordinary collection of African-American art and artifacts will be on view from Feb. 1 to March 29, 2023, accompanied by TESTIFY Tuesday workshops and expanded mainstage programming. The family hopes the exhibit will help bridge divides, deepen dialogue and encourage action on justice.

The exhibit features 100-plus objects of oppression and expression. A steel collar from 1820s Virginia is displayed next to a gilded KKK Plate and an elaborate candelabra. A Civil War-era banner reads “Our Country Shall Be One Country” on one side and “Uncle Abe We Will Not Forget You” on the other. Powerful works by artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White and Clementine Hunter help reclaim African American narratives.

he TESTIFY exhibit and Tuesday workshops will culminate in a mainstage Storytelling Slam, featuring curated stories told live from the stage by community members, celebrating the TESTIFY exhibit and TESTIFY Tuesdays workshops. Storytellers will share stories, music, and poetry, representing diverse experiences, backgrounds, histories, and perspectives. Submit your story via email to TESTIFY@DAPCollection.com to be considered for the mainstage.


Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Mall55401United States+ Google Map

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