Nebraska History Museum features BLM artifacts from 2020 protests
Rubber bullets, pepper balls, signs and smoke grenades, all of these elements of the BLM protests can be seen in a small exhibit, attracting a new generation to a local museum.
LINCOLN. Neb. (KLKN) – Rubber bullets, pepper balls, placards and smoke grenades, all of these artifacts from the BLM protests can be seen in a small exhibit, attracting a new generation to a local museum.
“I think a lot of people think the history museum looks like your old stuff,” Miller said. “But it’s like no, it’s really super exciting and we want to preserve it for you, for future generations.”
Jordan Miller helps collect items for the Nebraska History Museum and she remembers the local marches that took place right outside her house in May 2020 after George Floyd died.
“Just to know that something that happened so far in Minneapolis had a direct impact on the lives of Nebraskans and for the people who are going to learn more about the impressions of the company in the future,” Miller said. .
“I remember seeing things happening on the Capitol and seeing the steps go past my house, everything that happened from there was just one more thing we had to document. .
She and other members of the museum used social media and word of mouth to ask
for everything from signs and rubber bullets, to illustrations and smoke grenades of rallies and riots.
“It was worth the challenge in the end,” Miller said. “We knew it was going to be emotionally tough, the stuff we collected because someone had been killed.”
“Seeing what happened seeing people coming together and communities coming together, I think it was really rewarding,” Miller said. “And some of the pieces we’ve put together really show that strength of community.”
She adds that it has been difficult to get pieces from the opposite side, like the Blue Life Signs, and hopes others will submit these items for display as well.
The exhibit is now open to the public at the Nebraska History Museum. It’s at the corner of P Street and Centennial Mall.