LBJ Library Redesign to Focus on Policy Legacy

New exhibit will feature interactive elements

By APRIL CASTRO
|  Monday, Dec 26, 2011  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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LBJ's Legacy

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill on April 11, 1968.

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The keepers of President Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy are embarking on an ambitious project to elevate awareness of the Texas Democrat's enduring accomplishments in his quest for civil and social justice.

The $10-million library redesign, announced earlier this month, is intended to give visitors a better understanding of the landmark reforms Johnson propelled through Congress.

The new exhibit opening next December will feature interactive segments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed segregation. It will also feature the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gave blacks and other minorities unprecedented access to the electoral process.

Visitors also participate in deliberations that led Johnson to escalate the Vietnam War and see an expanded exhibit devoted to the 1965 Medicare law that still gives cheaper health care to senior citizens.

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