The Doherty Library will host a photographic exhibit titled:
“Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act”
Passed by the US Congress in 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was intended to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States and sought to deprive those in residence of full legal protection and the right to apply for citizenship. As a result, this nation’s Chinese American population was reduced by half with those remaining relegated to second-class legal status until full repeal in 1968. The exhibit will be on display in the main library atrium from March 23 to April 18. A reception will be held on April 2, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the library atrium, all are welcome to attend. The exhibit and reception is sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies.