Student Photographers to Offer Free Guided Tours of Gordon Parks Exhibit at Mill City Museum this Spring

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Release dated: 
March 19, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 •

Quick facts: 

Event: "A Choice of Weapons: A Living Legacy" Docent Tour
Dates: March 29, April 27 and May 31
Time: 1 p.m.

Place: Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Cost: Tours are free. $6 discounted museum admission is available.
Phone: 612-341-7555
Reservations: recommended, call 612-341-7555 or register online

Student Photographers to Offer Free Guided Tours of Gordon Parks Exhibit at Mill City Museum this Spring

Join student photographers for a docent-led tour of the exhibit "A Choice of Weapons: A Living Legacy" on view in the museum's Mill Commons through June 8, 2014.

(photo by Camilla Merino)

The exhibit features approximately 30 images created by high school students in Minneapolis alongside images by Gordon Parks, on loan from The Gordon Parks Foundation. Using Park's autobiography "A Choice of Weapons" as inspiration, the students created images portraying people in their communities with dignity and pride. The students participated in a photography residency at Juxtaposition Arts where they worked with nationally acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz. "A Choice of Weapons" is this year’s One Minneapolis One Read selection.

The tours are available on March 29, April 27 and May 31 at 1 p.m. The tours are free, but space is limited so preregistration is encouraged. Museum admission will be available at a discounted rate of $6 or free for MNHS members. The One Minneapolis One Read book, A Choice of Weapons, will be for sale in the gift store at a 25-percent discount.

One Minneapolis One Read is a community read in which everyone in Minneapolis is invited to read the same book and join the conversation. This year’s book is "A Choice of Weapons" by Gordon Parks. This compelling autobiography, first published in 1966, tells how Parks managed to escape the poverty and bigotry around him and launch his distinguished career by choosing the weapons given him by "a mother who placed love, dignity, and hard work over hatred."

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About Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit

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