Testify Exhibit now on display at Spring Valley Public Library

The Spring Valley Public Library is hosting the “Testify: Americana Slavery Today” photo gallery exhibit from Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 26. This event is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Justice Alan Page and his family are again presenting their exhibit “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today.” This impactful exhibit of the Diane and Alan Page Collection of African-American art and artifacts was originally presented at the Hennepin County Library in 2018. 

Following the overwhelmingly positive response from the public, the exhibit returned in 2023 with a renewed call to action and a wider reach. It is now accessible to the public in Southeast Minnesota as a large-format, high resolution photo gallery. The family hopes the exhibit will help bridge divides, deepen dialogue and encourage action on justice. 

“The objects in the exhibit…juxtapose artifacts from our often-painful shared history with inspiring imagery and works of art that help us rise above it,” the late Diane Sims Page once said of the collection she started. She hoped that “by coming to grips with our past, we can come together in the future.” 

The Pages produced the traveling exhibit in collaboration with local artist and designer Kurt Mueller and with the support of SELCO, Great River Regional Library, the Friends of the Hennepin County Library and The McKnight Foundation. For more information on Library Legacy funding, and a complete schedule of Legacy-funded events in the region, visit https://legacy.selco.info/.

About SELCO

SELCO, Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, is a regional library system based in Rochester, MN. Covering an 11-county region, its membership is made up of 37 public libraries. Member libraries share resources, programs, personnel and technical innovations to achieve common goals and meet the needs of individual communities. For more information, go to www.selco.info.

About Library Legacy Funding

This program is made possible by the people of Minnesota through Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The ACHF was created in 2008 from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution. Minnesota’s 365 public libraries receive funding distributed through existing formulas to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems to provide programs and services in four areas: arts (visual, performing and media), culture, literature and Minnesota history.