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Please join us for an opening reception and panel discussion exploring themes from the exhibition An Elegy to Rosewood. In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the Rosewood Massacre, this groundbreaking exhibition explores the family story of Lizzie Robinson Jenkins and the way in which it became intertwined with the struggle for public recognition of the region’s legacy of racism. The exhibition features photographs and heirlooms from Jenkins’ family, alongside contemporary works by artists Pedro Jermaine, Rhea Leonard, Charlisa Montrope, Chire Regans, and Tori Scott. 

The discussion will feature the Founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, and its Vice President, Pedro Jermaine, along with Alexandra Cornelius, Ph.D. and Daniel Royles, Ph.D., FIU professors of history. Discussion topics will include the power of oral histories, family, and generational resilience. 

This exhibition and panel are part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Exhibition Series at the Frost Art Museum. We are grateful to the Knight Foundation for its generous support through a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Funding was also provided by a grant from Florida Humanities and FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and FIU’s African and African Diaspora Studies program at the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs.

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Lizzie Brown, grandmother of Lizzie Robinson Jenkins;  Middle: Lizzie Robinson Jenkins; Right: Theresa Brown Robinson, Rosewood historian and mother of Lizzie Robinson Jenkins