A San Diego Exhibition Traces the Historic Legacy of African American Women

On view through December.

Recognizing the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved African women setting foot on American soil, a small San Diego museum honors the contributions of African American women in a new exhibition. “1619 National Celebration of Black Women Exhibit” on view at the Women’s Museum features art and images that weave the story of multi-generational, black female leaders and visionaries, including Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama.

“We wanted to tell a national story with local flavor. It was a little tricky, but I think it worked out,” said Leah Goodwin, president and CEO of Leah Goodwin Creations, who curated the show in five weeks for its October opening. Goodwin has a long history in the San Diego arts community and called on her artist and collector friends to help pull the exhibition together.

“We were taking art right off people’s walls — with their permission, of course,” she said to The San Diego Union Tribune.

The exhibition is on view through December. For more visit, womensmuseumca.org.