Curating History

Assistant Professor of History Michael Benjamin & Hist 5980: Public History


Students enrolled in Dr. Michael Benjamin’s Public History course curated an exhibit of books by and about the African-American experience that was on display at the Southwest Chatham branch of Live Oak Public Library. Dr. Benjamin gave students access to his impressive personal collection of books by African-Americans to select a broad range of texts that reflect African-American history. They organized their exhibit chronologically and wrote the exhibition copy. Students also did their own census of books at the Carnegie Library branch to discover what African-Americans in Savannah were reading and collecting in the era before integration. The whole class held a public panel discussion attended by local media outlets and the director of the Live Oak Public Library system at the end of the semester.