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George Garner

Civil Rights Heritage Center

Expert Bio

Since 2012, George Garner has served in various curatorial and administrative roles at the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, a historic site that, for 30 years, operated as a segregated city-owned swimming pool. He currently serves as the center’s assistant director and curator.

Garner strongly believes not only in the ability but in the necessity of museums and other memory spaces to present honest histories, and to use those stories to reflect and directly confront injustices in our communities today.

In his nearly 20-year career as a museum professional, Garner has both worked for and consulted on projects at almost a dozen museums. He has delivered multiple lectures at local colleges and universities, hosts and produces a local oral history podcast, and, in 2023, published a book on South Bend, Indiana’s African American history. 

He earned his M.A. in museum studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, where he gained experience in museum administration, exhibitions and collections care, interning at such well-known institutions as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland. Additionally, he earned certification as part of the History Leadership Institute organized by the American Association of State and Local History.

Areas of Expertise

South Bend history, museum studies, museums, local history, museum exhibitions, exhibitions.

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