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Race: Are We So Different? Exhibit
June 4-September 25, 2011 at The Old U.S. Mint

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Event Details
When: Jun 4-Sept 25, 2011
Where: Old U.S. Mint
Cost: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and active military; children under 12, free. School and summer camp groups are also admitted free.

A new exhibit that opened on June 4 at the Old U.S. Mint offers an enlightening perspective on the dynamics of the different races that make up the human race. Titled "Race: Are We So Different?" this traveling exhibit sponsored by the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum examines some of the key factors that have surrounded the discourse about race from ancient times through the present.

Using historic and contemporary photography, multimedia and interactive displays, "Race" explores issues of race and racism from three broad perspectives:

  • Scientific: Visitors will find surprising answers to the question, "Are we so different?" In fact, human beings are more alike genetically than any other species.
  • Historical: Exhibit traces how events, economics, politics and popular culture affect changing perceptions of race.
  • Everyday experience: Interactive displays promote thinking about how we see ourselves and how we see others through the experience of race

The "Race" exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from June 4 until Sept. 25. The Old U.S. Mint is opposite the French Market, bounded by Barracks, Decatur and North Peters streets. It is wheelchair accessible.

The building, constructed in 1839, housed the only mint ever to produce both American and Confederate coins during its 70 years of operation. Displays, artifacts (including coins produced there with the "O" mint mark) and signage guide visitors through the minting process. The mint ceased operations in 1909 and is now a unit of the Louisiana State Museum.

Admission to Race: Are We So Different is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and active military; children under 12, free. School and summer camp groups are also admitted free. For more information on group tours, call 504.568.6993.

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