The Kelsey Museum’s new neighbor, the Trotter Multicultural Center, is open! Several Kelsey staff members attended the gala opening on April 11th, a festive occasion with a DJ, live music, food from many cultures, and speeches by university officials. Hundreds of U-M students, staff, and faculty were in attendance. According to its mission statement, the Trotter Multicultural Center “serves as a campus facilitator, convener, and coordinator of cultural competence and inclusive leadership education initiatives for University of Michigan students.”
The center is named after William Monroe Trotter, a major civil rights leader and advocate for African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Given the diverse and multicultural nature of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East as represented in our collections, the Trotter Center is the perfect modern complement to the Kelsey, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the neighborhood!