Project Democracy 20/20

What is it?

Project Democracy 20/20 is a major Greensboro History Museum initiative exploring American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections. The centerpiece of this project is the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith (on view at the museum December 7, 2019–March 29, 2020).

Learn more about American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

North Carolina Democracy will open in the temporary galleries in June, expanding the NC points of change included in American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

Throughout 2020, Voices & Visions of Democracy will be highlighted in the permanent exhibition Voices of a City. Visitors can learn about the 1908 election in Welcome to the Gate City. In the museum’s Connection Point, you can try out fun, interactive Unity Square activities developed by the Smithsonian or dive into Gerrymander Madness: The Anti-Democracy VR Game, a virtual reality experience. You can also share your own stories about democracy on our new Storykiosk video storytelling portal.

Engaging programs, education activities and innovative community connections are also part of Project Democracy 20/20. Find out what’s happening on our calendar or by following #ProjectDemocracy2020.

Suffragists picketing the White House, Feb. 1917 Courtesy Library of Congress
Suffragists picketing the White House, Feb. 1917 Courtesy Library of Congress

This project will spark discussions relevant to the presidential election year, the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. We will explore the questions:

  • What is democracy?
  • Who votes and how?
  • Beyond the ballot, how have we used our right to petition and protest?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens?
  • How does engaging with history activate citizens’ participation in their government?

How can I get involved?

Share your personal history as part of Greensboro Voices: Voting

Help us document individual perspectives on the opportunities, challenges and feelings associated with casting a ballot by participating in a video oral history interview.

We invite you to share your experience about your experiences going to the polls, whether last year or decades ago.

Contact Glenn Perkins at 336-373-2610 or Glenn.Perkins@greensboro-nc.gov to take part.

Support Project Democracy 20/20

Your financial support matters. Donate to Project Democracy 20/20 and you’re helping connect people to the history of democracy from the neighborhood to the nation through educational programming, innovative exhibitions, creative collaborations and more!

Or you participate in Project Democracy 20/20 crowdfunding. Click here to learn about launching your own campaign…


Thanks to our sponsors

North Carolina Humanities Council. Many Stories. One People

Project Democracy 20/20 is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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