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The Gore Collection of Rare African-American Artifacts Hopes to Inspire Empathy and Discourse | VOICE
Footsteps to You – Chattel Slavery opened this week at UC Riverside's Special Collections and University Archives, located on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library. The exhibition, presented by the Black Voice Foundation, is curated by my niece Jordan Brown, a Mellon Fellow in the Curatorial Studies program at Spelman College. It features rare antebellum artifacts from the collection of Jerry Gore, a prominent historian who served as a docent on our Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tours for 20 years. Most of the pieces featured in this exhibition were entrusted to us by his family. Brother Jerry developed a national reputation through his work in the preservation of Underground Railroad history in the Mason County area of Kentucky. His personal collection of artifacts was amassed over his lifetime and includes slave shackles, branding irons, rare newspapers, and first edition books, including William Still's Underground Railroad. The exhibition showcases these