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Free Admission During Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at The Peabody Essex Museum

January 19

PEM offers FREE admission during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to celebrate the opening of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, Saturday, January 18, through Monday, January 20

This January, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) opens Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, the first museum exhibition to feature the celebrated series of paintings, Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), by Jacob Lawrence. Painted during the Civil Rights era by one of the best-known black American artists of the 20th century, the series of 30 panels depicts pivotal moments in early American history with an emphasis on the contributions that black people, Native Americans, and women made in shaping our nation’s founding and identity. The exhibition, organized by PEM and touring nationally through 2021, tackles a question central to Lawrence’s work: “What is the cost of democracy for all?“ PEM celebrates the exhibition opening with FREE museum admission all weekend long — Saturday, January 18, through Monday, January 20 — and a full roster of programming, including live music, storytelling, artmaking and more.


January 19