NYHS exhibit celebrates the life of notorious RBG


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Barbara Chang

A new exhibition from the New-York Historical Society commemorates the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The exhibit, called “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” after the same book and Tumblr, celebrates Ginsburg’s efforts in encouraging equal opportunity and defending civil rights in the United States.

Louise Mirrer, the president and CEO of the NYHS, said the purpose of the exhibit was to highlight “the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice and true cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was born in New York.”

The exhibit showed viewers what Ginsburg was like as a student, her married life with her husband, her career as a Supreme Court judge and the impact she made as a women’s rights activist, on top of her popularity within the younger generations.

Some highlights of the exhibit include the robe and collar Ginsburg wore as a Supreme Court judge, portraits of Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, who were the first female Supreme Court judges, and posts where guests can hear the memorable comments Ginsburg made in major Supreme Court cases.

Visitors could also experience what it’s like to be in the Supreme Court by getting their picture taken in a 3D version of the Supreme Court bench.

The exhibition also showed how being raised in Midwood as the daughter of a Jewish immigrant and growing up with mostly Eastern European, Italian and Irish settlers influenced Ginsburg to find justice for everyone, according to the Brooklyn Paper,

Visitors can see where Ginsburg grew up, along with the mementos from her childhood as an aspiring lawyer like  the impressive and opinionated articles she wrote.

When Ginsburg went to Public School 238 in New York in 1946, she was the editor of the school newspaper. She wrote an article called “Highway Herald,” in which she discussed the importance of the Magna Carta, Ten Commandments, Declaration of Independence, 1689 Bill of Rights and the UN Charter.

In 1946, when Ginsburg  was only 13 years old, she wrote an article called “One People” for East Midwood Jewish Center, in which she debated that “for righteous people hate and prejudice are neither good occupations nor fit companions.”

After her death in September 2020, Ginsburg’s legacy is still being passed onto the next generations.