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A Message from The Bakken Museum Following the Killing of George Floyd

Bakken Museum Members and Supporters,

We mourn the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and the many, many other people who have suffered, and who continue to suffer, as a result of the deeply embedded inequities in our city, our state, and our country. We know that museums have supported these systems, and as a result have helped to perpetuate these inequities.

This moment is not about us. This is a moment for us to stop and listen to what our communities of color are saying, and have been saying for decades. To take the time to learn the history, to ask questions, and to change.

There are many worthy causes to support at this time. We would like to highlight one in particular. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, located in South Minneapolis, is a longtime partner of the museum. Its mission to unlock the potential of students of any culture, faith, or creed to transform our communities. In the past week, the Cristo Rey school has been damaged, and at least one family has lost their home. We ask that you consider donating to their emergency fund.

We have work to do. We will only be able to achieve our mission of exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place if we actively listen to our entire community, and ensure that our practices are equitable.

 

Sincerely,

The Bakken Museum

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