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February 1, 2006

Albany -- A new exhibit at Thronateeska tells the story of African Americans who set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement.

The exhibit is called "Success and Segregation: Black Leadership Under Jim Crow."

It highlights people who overcame slavery, segregation laws and prejudice and became leaders in the black community. They were business owners, lawmakers and medical pioneers.

Thronateeska Director Christopher Pike says in the light of Coretta Scott King's death, now is a good time to look back on what earlier generations went through. "The people of that time period are dying off. It's important for us to remember them and honor what they've done for all of us. Everyone in my generation definitely benefits from what was done during the civil rights movement."

The exhibit will run until February 25th. Tickets are $4.25.

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