The opening reception for “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition” will be at the African-American Cultural Center at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Inspired by a pamphlet co-authored by civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, the exhibition highlights the historical accounts of black Americans’ thoughts, feelings and experiences related to the Chicago’s World’s Fair.

The opening reception at the center on June 6 will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature living history activities, musical and oratorical performances, and a guided tour of the exhibition.

The event and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

In addition to the installation, which runs through October 11, the project will feature a series of monthly public programs presented in conjunction with Chicago-area institutions, most notably the DuSable Museum of African American History. Details to be announced at a later date.