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About This Exhibit

National Touring Sponsors Abbot Downing and Wells Fargo

Available for Booking!

Fighting for the Right to Fight begins with an overview of America in the 1920s—at the height of the Ku Klux Klan's power—where segregation and discrimination were part of daily life for African Americans. Discriminatory practices were condoned and even codified by the government. Many military leaders declared African Americans unfit to serve in combat. Yet once World War II began, thousands of African Americans rushed to enlist, intent on serving the country that treated them as second-class citizens; determined to fight for the freedom that they themselves had been denied.

The special exhibit examines how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.

Through oral histories, profile panels, and artifacts, visitors discover the wartime stories of individual service members who took part in this extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names—including Alex Haley, author of Roots (US Coast Guard); Benjamin Davis, Jr. (US Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (US Army); and more.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original eight-minute video about the Tuskegee Airmen, who in many ways became the focus of African American participation during the war. The piece is narrated by TV personality Robin Roberts, whose own father flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during the war.

Exhibit Images

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Available for Booking

• March – December 2018
• July – December 2019

Booking Terms

• 10-week booking period
• Rental fee of $7,500 plus inbound shipping

Current Travel Schedule

St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg, FL
October 28, 2016 to March 5, 2017

Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance, Dallas, TX
August 31, 2017 to January 26, 2018

Installation Logistics

Host Requirements

• Minimum of 2,000 square feet of exhibit space
• Secure exhibit space that is staffed during open hours
• Gallery lighting (exhibit is not self-lit)
• Minimum of three-person installation crew
• Certificate of Insurance

Support Provided

• Exhibit layout and design assistance from the WWII Museum exhibit designer
• Exhibit installation and packing guide provided
• Installation supervision and assistance by the WWII Museum traveling exhibit manager

Press and Marketing Materials

The National WWII Museum has created the press and graphics packages linked below to ensure our Fighting for the Right to Fight traveling exhibit will reach the widest audience at your venue.

In accordance with the contract, any publicity materials—including e-publicity—must be sent to our traveling exhibits department for review and approval prior to printing and distribution.

Press Package

High-resolution press images
Press release template

Graphics Package

Traveling exhibit style guide (Includes exhibit color scheme and templates for advertisements, invitations, rack cards, and signage.)

Support Provided

Consultation with marketing and communications staff

Educational Resources

  • Classroom Guide

    Guide highlights the educational themes of the exhibit and reference resources.

  • Education Package

    Education package includes exhibit-themed lesson plans, fact sheets, and activity sheets.


Additional Resources

• One on-site professional development workshop (2–3 hour workshop)
• One distance learning program for students
• Curator lecture (when available, additional fees apply)

Support Provided

Consultation with assistant director of education for curriculum, assistant director for public programs, and the assistant director of education for interpretation.

More resources

Applications and Forms

Are you interested in bringing this exhibit to your institution? Please review our current schedule/availability, installation logistics, and the forms below and contact us by phone or email if you need more information. Once you have reviewed all the information, please submit all materials and we will review and inform you of any concerns regarding a potential exhibit presentation. If you are approved as a host venue, we will contact you and proceed with contracting.

Submit by mail to: Jenney Fazande, Traveling Exhibits Manager, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 70130

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  • Pre-Host Forms

    Download, fill out, and scan or mail the Host Application and Facility Report below. The Facility Report provides a record of the latest information about an institution's physical specifications and staff practices, and will help us better serve your institution's needs.

    Host Application Facility Report
  • Post-Host Form

    Please fill out the following report when the exhibit closes at your institution. It will help us improve host institutions' experiences and learn visitation patterns, as well as information regarding associated educational programs and events.

    Final Report