History M.A. candidate, Simone Austin, was the primary researcher for a recently launched website www.wilmington1968.org. The website gives access to community resources that teach about the local Civil Rights Movement through words and pictures, and addresses present-day racial and social justice issues. A press release from The Delaware Art Museum mentions Simone’s important contribution to the collaborative project.
In 2017, Simone Austin (2017 Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellow with the Delaware Art Museum; current graduate student, University of Delaware, History Department), was instrumental in bringing this shared history to the forefront as the primary contemporary researcher on these events for the Delaware Art Museum’s summer exhibition series. The community-wide reflection beginning this spring will bring “both answers and questions,” says Austin. “People of my generation and those who are not from Wilmington will start to understand what happened, why Wilmington looks the way it does today, and why people have certain perceptions of the City of Wilmington and of Delaware. I also think in terms of questions because the work that I’ve done is not the end. There are so many stories that just aren’t found in traditional sources and I’m hoping that more people will come forward and share their experiences.”
Read the entire press release here. Congratulations Simone!