In this Jan. 11, 2018 photo, Alan Page, NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice, looks at a display which is among the artifacts of slavery and segregation collected by Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page. They went on display at the Minneapolis Central Library this month in time for Super Bowl visitors and thousands of other people expected to flock to downtown for the festivities. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Alan Page exhibits slavery artifacts in time for Super Bowl

January 31, 2018 - 2:25 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page has put his collection of slavery and segregation artifacts on display in Minneapolis in time for Super Bowl visitors and the thousands of other people expected to flock to downtown Minneapolis for the festivities.

"TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today," runs through Feb. 6 at the Minneapolis Central Library.

It includes an iron collar that kept slaves in bondage, a branding iron that marked human beings as someone's property, and a photograph of black babies with a caption dismissing them as mere "alligator bait."

But there are messages of hope and promise as well. There's a banner held by a mourner after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 that reads, "Our Country Shall Be One Country!"

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