“Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy: Wrestling With History;” installation with public discussion, October 5, 2019


“All the earliest Presidents of the United States, except John Adams and John Quincey Adams, were enslavers.  But in terms of damage to African Americans, Andrew Johnson and Woodrow Wilson are at the top of the list.  Johnson, who after the Civil War allowed Confederate leaders to return to power and created Black Codes to deprive the freedmen of many civil liberties, was unschooled and became Vice President because, as Tennessee representative in Congress, he supported the Union.  Woodrow Wilson was well-educated, a scholar, but reversed the gains African Americans made through employment in the federal government, because he could not stand seeing black people supervising white people and black and white people sitting together and interacting socially in the government cafeterias.  He should be at the very top of the list.” Bob Karp

Construction of “Double Sights,” an installation about the complex legacy of Woodrow Wilson, is nearing completion on Scudder Plaza adjacent to Robertson Hall, home of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The University will mark the installation’s completion with a public discussion and dedication on Saturday, Oct. 5. The discussion will begin 3:15 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

A public dedication featuring remarks by President Christopher L. Eisgruber will follow at 4:45 p.m. on Scudder Plaza. The afternoon will conclude with a reception in the Bernstein Gallery of Robertson Hall, where an exhibition examining Wilson’s contested legacy, “In the Nation’s Service? Woodrow Wilson Revisited,” is on display.

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