"When the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin, my thoughts turned to the families of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, of Adam Toledo, of Emmett Till, of so many taken through the years. I hope the outcome of this trial helps those most affected find some measure of peace and justice. Even if it does, it will not address the larger problem of preventing deaths like Mr. Floyd’s in the first place. So many families feel the anguish of losing loved ones to senseless violence, especially when perpetrated by the very people charged with protecting them." –Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch
What are you looking for in the Archives?
Oral Historian Ben Gillespie details the Archive's Pandemic Oral History Project, conducted during the summer of 2020. The following essay was originally published in the Spring 2021 issue (vol. 60, no. 1) of the Archives of American Art Journal.