Civil Rights Exhibition Featuring Herblock Cartoons Opens in Illinois

By: E&P Staff

The Evansville African American Museum in Illinois is hosting “The Long March,” a traveling exhibition focusing on civil rights struggles in the United States that features 20 panels of cartoons, text and photographs about the work of famed Washington Post political cartoonist Herb Block.

Among the works featured is “Higher Education in Mississippi,” a 1962 cartoon by Block — the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated cartoonist who signed his work “Herblock” —that depicts the U.S. government’s decision to send in federal troops to enforce racial integration in Mississippi’s public schools in 1962.

The exhibition is up through Oct. 2 in the museum, located at 579 S. Garvin St. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For additional information, call 812-423-5188.

Block started as a political cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News and the Newspaper Enterprise Association Service. Nearly 20 years later he joined The Washington Post, where he worked until his death in 2001.

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