January 29, 2020

Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism Carousel Panel Exhibit Traveling Across Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY— The Take It Down Planning Committee, in partnership with the City of Rochester and Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), invite the public to come see the Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism exhibit, about the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel panel, at the Central Church of Christ on 101 S. Plymouth Avenue. 

This traveling exhibit for all ages discusses racism in the past, racism today, and inspires new dialogues about actions we can take in Rochester to work toward social justice for all. This exhibit is a continuation of an ongoing educational process in the Rochester community to create meaningful and sustained dialogue on individual, institutional, and structural racism, with the goal of impacting racism in concrete, measurable ways. 

On Feb. 8, the Central Church of Christ will host a community-oriented program, titled Working Toward Racial Justice in Rochester, from 1-3p.m. During this program, people of all ages are welcomed to engage in a discussion about how to combat and impact individual, structural, and institutionalized racism.

After Feb. 18, the exhibit will travel to a new location in the F.I.G.H.T. Village, at 186 Ward St., and will be displayed at the village until March 18, 2020. The Village will also host the Working Toward Racial Justice in Rochester program on Feb. 22, from 1-3p.m.

For up-to-date details about the exhibit and committee, including sign-up for organizations interested in partnering in the educational process, visit www.rmsc.org/carousel. For high-resolution images and additional information, contact the Take It Down Planning Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, NY, after being on display for 111 years. The issue generated controversy in our community. The Take It Down Planning Committee created this exhibit to show that pickaninny art perpetuates ongoing individual, institutional, and structural racism by denying the humanity of black children.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit http://www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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