St. Ambrose to host civil rights exhibit


DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University will be the first to host the traveling exhibit, “Davenport’s Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1974.” The exhibit was created by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, St. Ambrose University and the Putnam Museum over a three-year period. The exhibit includes photos, documents and artifacts such as a Ku Klux Klan hood and a hair pick decorated with a Black Power fist. In addition to the exhibit, Scholar in Residence Art Pitz, who headed up the project, will give a public lecture.

• Tuesday, April 6 – Friday, May 28, St. Ambrose University Library hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – midnight; Friday and Saturday, 8-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – midnight. Exhibit: “Davenport Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1974.” Learn more about the Davenport Civil Rights Movement from this traveling exhibit. St. Ambrose University Library, third floor.

• Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.: Lecture: “Davenport Civil Rights Movement.” St. Ambrose Scholar in Residence Art Pitz will speak about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the Quad-Cities along with Craig Klein (Scott Community College), who will discuss the history of African-Americans in the region through the 1920s. St. Ambrose University Library, lower level.

The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Heinzman at (563) 333-6241 or


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