Art Exhibit Will Highlight African American Athletes

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Art Exhibit Will Highlight African American Athletes


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if you go Event: Racing Past the Color Line: Sol Butler and Paul Robeson in Collegiate Sports, gallery exhibit. Times/dates: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, opening reception. Exhibit will run Monday, Feb. 24-Friday, April 4. Site: Charles and Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque. Cost: Free and open to the public.The University of Dubuque's Charles and Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery, located in Heritage Center, will open the exhibition Racing Past the Color Line: Sol Butler and Paul Robeson in Collegiate Sports.

It will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

The exhibition focuses on the college experience of two exceptional African American athletes at predominantly white institutions during a period of widespread segregation.

Before graduating in 1919, Sol Butler at Dubuque German College (now the University of Dubuque) and Paul Robeson at Rutgers College (now a state university) led their teams to unprecedented success, while paving the way for future African American students.

According to assistant professor of history Brian Hallstoos, this exhibition represents the first close look at the connections between these two celebrated athletes and how they navigated obstacles on and off the playing field. …

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