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Community opening of Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism carousel panel exhibit at Phillis Wheatley Library Thursday, Nov. 9

    WHAT: An all-ages, community opening and reception of the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel panel exhibit, Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism, will include an opportunity to view the exhibit, talk to key participants in the initiative, ask questions, and enjoy light refreshments. The reception and ongoing exhibit are free and open to the public. In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, N.Y., after being on display for 111 years. The issue generated controversy in the community, and the Take It Down Planning Committee created this exhibit as part of an ongoing, educational process to create meaningful and sustained dialogue and action regarding individual, institutional and structural racism.

    WHO: The Take It Down Planning Committee in partnership with the City of Rochester and the Rochester Museum & Science Center

    WHEN: Community Reception: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 4-6pm Regular Exhibit Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm and some Saturdays as announced through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

    WHERE: Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, N.Y. 14608

    ADDITIONAL MEDIA INFORMATION: *Photo/video opportunity of fourth community reception in a series of regularly scheduled programs dedicated to impacting racism in measurable ways. To schedule an interview, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,

    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 Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.