Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot

July 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Black Survival Guide,: or How to Live Through a Police Riot, a series of fourteen large-scale retroreflective screen prints, interprets and employs archival documents from the Delaware Historical Society and photographs of the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington taken by News Journal staff. Commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum from renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, this work confronts gaps in our collective histories by centering lesser known stories in the search for truth. Viewers participate in the experience using direct light sources to reveal alternate images not visible to the naked eye.

Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook

The Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook is more than just a catalog for the Wilmington 1968 trio of exhibitions. The Sourcebook, compiled by Simone Austin and featuring essays from Ms. Austin as well as Dr. Jordan Howell and artist Hank Willis Thomas, is a collection of documents, photos and writing that shed light on Wilmington’s history during the Civil Rights movement. This book details the events that led to the National Guard occupation of Wilmington, Delaware and explores the occupation and its aftermath. $60.

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Published by the Delaware Art Museum
Compiled by Simon Austin
Designed by Candice Kearns
Edited by Deborah Krieger and Margaret Winslow
ISBN 9780996067652


This exhibition is organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Sponsored by WSFS Bank, Bank of America, and DuPont. Additional support is provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on