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Exhibit developer/project manager for Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Abiel Smith School core exhibits, Museum of Afro-American History (2000)

The Abiel Smith School is the first building in the nation built for the sole purpose of serving as a public school for African-American children.

A core challenge of the interpretation was translating the impact of the building’s classroom spaces themselves into a story about inadequate education and civil rights, and to link the site’s specific features to the effort to rectify inequality.

Palmer participated in the National Park Service strategic planning phase in the late 1990′s with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and worked with staff lead designer Jn-Ulrick Desert and filmmakers Northern Light Productions on the adaptive use transformation of the historic site into a multi-media exhibit that engages the larger context of Boston African-American history while engaging the specificity of a historic site. 

 

 


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