WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is retracing the tremendous changes the 20th century brought to African Americans through a new exhibit in Washington.

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” features works from 43 black artists. It includes paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs exploring the struggle for equality, the power of music and images of rural and urban life.

The museum brought together 100 works from its collection of African American art. More than half are being exhibited by the museum for the first time, including paintings by Benny Andrews and Jacob Lawrence and photographs by Gordon Parks and Marilyn Nance.

The exhibit is in Washington until September. Then it travels to Williamsburg, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; Salem, Mass.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Sacramento, Calif.

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