Northwest African American Museum To Host Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See Exhibition, Releases Juneteenth Programming Schedule

SEATTLE, May 22, 2024 ~ Seattle, WA - The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is proud to announce that it will be hosting the touring Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See exhibit from June 13 through December 2024. This powerful exhibit tells the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, and challenges visitors to take action to advance social justice in their own communities.

NAAM's interim executive director, Brandon Bird, expressed his excitement about showcasing this important exhibit. "We are honored to have the opportunity to share the legacy of Emmett Till, Mamie Till-Mobley, and other civil rights revolutionaries with our community through Let the World See," he said. "As an organization dedicated to promoting healing and hope, we believe this exhibit will have a profound impact on our region as we continue to amplify the Till family's story."

Emmett Till was only 14 years old when he was brutally murdered while visiting family in the Jim Crow South in 1955. His tragic death sparked a social revolution that is captured throughout the exhibit in photos, interviews, and interactive displays. The title of the exhibit, Let the World See, comes from a powerful quote from Mamie Till-Mobley. When local officials tried to have a closed casket funeral for her son, she demanded that they "let the world see what they did to my boy."

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Debbie Bird, Chair of NAAM's Board of Directors, also expressed her enthusiasm for hosting this exhibit. "We are proud to be the first institution on the West Coast to host Let the World See," she said. "We look forward to welcoming visitors from across our region during our Juneteenth celebrations and throughout the year."

NAAM is only the ninth cultural institution in the United States and the first on the West Coast to host this powerful exhibit. It was developed in collaboration with the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Institute, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the Till family, and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The exhibit will arrive in the Pacific Northwest just in time for NAAM's Juneteenth programming.

Each year, NAAM invites the community to come together for a celebration of Black freedom and liberation during their Juneteenth events. This year's programming includes an Annual Juneteenth Skate Party on Saturday, June 15, a Father's Day Celebration with free admission, music, films, and gifts for fathers on Sunday, June 16, and a Juneteenth Celebration with free admission and activities on Wednesday, June 19.

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In addition to hosting this powerful exhibit, NAAM is also working with Seattle-area schools to develop curriculum support for students and will be hosting a lecture series for museum visitors. For more information about NAAM and the Let the World See exhibit and Juneteenth programming, please visit

Located in Seattle's Central District within the historic Colman School building, NAAM is a highly esteemed institution in the region. Since its opening in 2008, hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to view exhibitions, participate in dynamic public programs, and attend private events. As a premier African American museum in the region, NAAM fills a void in the cultural scene by providing a space where community members can reflect on their shared past and gain perspective through Black history, art, and culture. Their mission is to spread knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of African American histories and cultures for the enrichment of all.
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