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Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges

The exhibition examines the 1930s, when Jewish academics who fled Europe found positions at historically African-American colleges. Together, the two minority groups navigated the challenges of life in the segregated South and supported one another as they searched for freedom and opportunity.


Explore more than 70 evocative artifacts and documents that tell the important World War II-era refugee story and shows the lasting impact instructors had on their students’ work. The exhibition also includes two films from the producers of the award winning PBS documentary, “From Swastika to Jim Crow,” which captures the voices of the scholars and their students.


Tickets and Hours

Admission to Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow is included with your ticket to the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Museum Hours:

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am-5:30pm

NMAJH is closed most Mondays, including Federal holidays.


Tickets for the National Museum of American Jewish History are available online.

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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