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New exhibit on Shirley Chisholm ahead of 100th birthday

June 13, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BED-STUY — THE MUSEUM OF the City of New York is set to open a new exhibit this week on U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, reports ABC News. Presented in association with Brooklyn College, the exhibit looks at Chisholm’s life and political career and the impact of her work on the electoral issues she fought for. Chisholm broke ground throughout her time in politics, from her early work as an organizer and as a state assemblymember to her historic election to Congress as the representative for New York’s District 12, then centered in Bed-Stuy. Chisholm, in 1972, was also the first Black person to seek the nomination of a major political party for president. 

This November marks what would have been Chisholm’s 100th birthday. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem from June 14 of this year through July 20 of 2025. 


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