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David L. Crane

David L. Crane is the founder of Making the Movement: Civil Rights Museum, a traveling exhibit about the material culture of the Civil Rights Movement. Premiering in 2013 at the Robert H. Jackson Center in New York, Making the Movement has exhibited primarily at educational and cultural institutions, including Allegheny University, Syracuse University, the Community Folk Art Center, and Elon University.


Crane is a history professor at Alamance Community College in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Jennifer. An Army brat growing up, he developed an interest in U.S. history and America’s struggle to live up to its own ideals. In graduate school, he began acquiring artifacts from the Civil Rights Movement before turning the collection into a museum.  He later developed a friendship with Dr. Julian Bond who inspired him to create a companion book for the exhibit.


In 2010, Crane, also, published Become As One People: Colonial Identifications for Native Americans in the Carolinas, 1540-1790.  He enjoys good food, North Carolina pottery, running, and the Carolina Panthers.  For more information about the museum, visit makingthemovement.com