- The exhibition had been slated to close at the end of 2020
The Detroit Historical Society has announced that its Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition, which opened in 2017 to recognize the 50th anniversary of Detroit’s civil unrest, will become a permanent exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum. Based on an oral history collection of 500+ firsthand stories, the exhibition has received multiple awards, including the prestigious 2018 National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It had previously been slated to close at the end of 2020.
The new permanent exhibit will be dedicated in Stoudamire’s honor. Detroit Historical Society President and CEO, Elana Rugh, says, “The history shared by this exhibition has become increasingly important in the four years since it debuted. Marlowe’s influence runs strong throughout the project, and his recorded voice is present in many of the audio features in the exhibition. We simply can no longer imagine the Detroit Historical Museum without Marlowe’s voice and this important story.”
A tribute to Stoudamire’s legacy will be placed in the original exhibition as the permanent exhibit is planned. Small group guided tours are currently available by appointment, and visitors are welcome to see it anytime during museum hours as a self-guided experience. A Detroit 67: Perspectives virtual tour is also available by appointment.
The project’s public programming will continue as well, including the museum’s popular Third Thursday Speaker Series and an immersive Spring Break experience, Detroit Design 2067, which is now accepting applications from 11th and 12th graders for its 2021 session (both are currently virtual).