MAMA’s response to the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Missouri State Capitol

Recently, Missouri Governor Mike Parson mandated the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Capitol to the Lohman Building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As a professional organization, the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives (MAMA) adheres to the American Alliance of Museums’ statement on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion:

Museums are a vital part of how we tell the stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and how we will live together. They maintain our cultural heritage and teach us about all the ways we are different and the same. Reflecting the diversity of that heritage is a critical part of museums’ work. We cannot claim to be truly essential to society if we are not accessible to all.

As MAMA is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting museum and archive professionals and to promoting a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable atmosphere for museums and archives across our state, we stand with our LGBTIA+ community whose stories have historically been marginalized, suppressed, and erased. Our colleagues at the Missouri State Museum have our support in their decision-making processes and professional judgement in curating the content of that museum.

Everyone’s story deserves to be told; state leaders should not marginalize, censor, or discriminate against voices of Missouri citizens. As such, MAMA is requesting that the exhibit should be reinstalled in the Capitol Building so that it may be viewed by more Missourians, and we encourage you to call Governor Mike Parson’s office (573) 751-3222 and the Department of Natural Resources (573) 751-1010 to lend your support to this initiative.