MLK and the Library’s Archives & Special Collections

MLK Day and the Archive and Civil Rights and the Special Collections are the titles of two new exhibits at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library.  Curated by Head of Archives & Special Collections Magee Lawhorn, these two exhibits coincide with the Academy’s Martin Luther King Day Program.

MLK Day and the Archive highlights the recognition of MLK Day at PEA through archival materials from both the faculty and student perspective. Correspondence, research and notes document the process that the MLK Day Committee goes through to select speakers and curate activities in order to acknowledge civil rights. While the Exonian articles showcase a reflective and sometimes introspective narrative about MLK Day celebrations at PEA.  The exhibit is located in the Library entrance on the ground floor.

The Civil Rights and the Special Collections exhibit examines the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness through the lens of the Academy’s Special Collections. Learn about the evolution of social justice from the 8th to the 21st century. Explore rare books that discuss civil rights movements from near and far, from Mexico to Ancient Rome.  The exhibit is on display in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall.