New State Capitol Exhibit Highlights New York’s Diversity

This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo shows one part of the "People of New York" diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York’s diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation.

The “People of New York” exhibit now open in the East Gallery of the Capitol’s second floor features six sections that explore themes illustrating how diversity began in New York and continues today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the exhibit highlights the contributions leaders from various races, ethnicities and religions have made across New York. The Democrat says while the Trump administration “continues to fan the flames of division,” the exhibit shows how New York’s differences are the state’s greatest strength.

Displays include contemporary Native American artwork, photographs of historical and contemporary figures, and archival material.


By CHRIS CAROLA , Associated Press

In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo, one part of the exhibit highlighting immigration is shown at the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. It is among the displays at the exhibit that tells how Ellis Island for decades served as the nation’s busiest immigration portal and how legislation passed in Albany and Washington led the way for a more inclusive society for everyone from newly arrived immigrants to members of the LGBTQ community. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo, some photos are seen at one section of the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Part of the exhibit spotlights New York’s roles in various social justice movements, abolitionism, women’s rights, civil rights, and how many of the key players either hailed from the state or accomplished noteworthy deeds while living here. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo shows some items on display at the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Located in the East Gallery of the Capitol’s second floor, the yearlong “People of New York” exhibit features six sections that explore themes illustrating how diversity began in New York and continues today. Displays include contemporary Native American artwork, photographs of historical and contemporary figures, and archival material. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo shows an immigration document that is displayed at the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Located in the East Gallery of the Capitol’s second floor, the yearlong “People of New York” exhibit features six sections that explore themes illustrating how diversity began in New York and continues today. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo shows an item displayed at the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York’s diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo, a hand written card which is now part of the “People of New York” diversity exhibit is on display at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York’s diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo shows a photograph of Onondaga Nation college lacrosse players Lyle and Miles Thompson which appears in the “People of New York” diversity exhibit at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York’s diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)