The Dawn Raids: Educate to Liberate
An important national touring exhibition telling a little known part of our history – the story of the government sanctioned practice of dawn raids during the 1970s. During this time police and immigration officials were empowered to enter the homes of Pacific Island peoples early in the morning and demand proof of residency, permits and passports.
The exhibition is based upon the book ‘Dawn Raid’ by writer and curator Pauline Smith and also tells the story of the Pacific Panthers and their fight for social justice. The book is available for loan from the Waitaki District Libraries.
As Pauline Smith says: “This was a terrifying and humiliating experience for many people and the shame and hurt often lingers”.
Developed by Pauline Smith, in association with the Southland Museum & Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha.
Image: The Dawn Raids: Educate to Liberate, George Jackson Soledad Brothers solidarity march to the US Consulate on Queen Street (3 March 1972), photographed by John Miller.
We hope to be able to bring some related events to our community to support this exhibition, including a closing event, but it will depend upon our unfolding lockdown status. Visiting the Gallery during Level 2 Covid-19 lockdowns. Please check out our VISIT page for details about health and safety during your visit.