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“A Better Life for Their Children”: Special Exhibition Opening Event

November 16, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Our newest Special Exhibition, “A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America,” will debut with an Opening Event and Lecture on Thursday, November 16th.

Event Schedule

5:30pm: Members-Only Preview. Members and Patrons are invited for an exclusive Meet & Greet with photographer Andrew Feiler and a light reception.
If you are a Museum Member who would like to register for the Member Preview, do not register using the link below; please email emma@msje.org.

6:30pm: Public Opening. Doors will open to the general public and we will enjoy a presentation by Andrew, along with an opportunity to view the new exhibition and a book signing.

A Better Life for Their Children memorializes the Rosenwald schools, one of the most quietly successful Black education programs in American history. The Southern program, developed through the partnership of Sears, Roebuck president and noted Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington, changed the South, and America, for the better, narrowing the Black-white education gap that plagued Southern and border states, strengthening Black-Jewish relations, paving the way for the civil rights movement, and helping to build a new African American middle class. 

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This Special Exhibition is made possible thanks to support from Bill & Susan Hess and the Cahn Family Foundation. Media Partner: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

This will be an in-person event only. If you can’t make the Opening Event, the Special Exhibition will run from November 17th, 2023 – April 21, 2024. There will be a full schedule of programs, several of which will be available both in-person and virtually. Stay tuned!



November 16, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
818 Howard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113
New Orleans | USA, 70113 United States
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