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Sandra Bland exhibit opens in Houston

PICTURED: Sandra Bland (Photo credit: Kee Creation

THE HOUSTON Museum of African American Culture opened an exhibit dedicated to the life and death of Sandra Bland on Saturday (Feb 3), The Grio reports.

Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, arrested, and found dead in her Waller County, Texas jail cell three days after in July 2015. While her death was ruled a suicide, activists and others criticised the jail’s handling of her.

On opening night, visitors were able to walk through the exhibit featuring smiling images from Bland’s life before sitting in a makeshift car to watch footage from the traffic stop that ultimately led to her death.

Speaking to local station KTRK, Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal said that sitting in that makeshift car was the hardest part of the exhibit. “It felt like when that officer was walking, he was walking towards you.

“People seeing this exhibit should say to themselves hold on, I’m going to think a little differently about the way I do things—with my interactions with everyone but more so police officers,” she said.

Visitors will be able to see the exhibit from now until Feb. 28.

Tomorrow (Feb 7) marks Sandra Bland's birthday.

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