Firestone exhibition of Jewish American artists featuring works from Confederate soldiers canceled

Kalena Blake
Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: On Dec. 14, an exhibit dedicated to Jewish American artists in the late nineteenth century was canceled because it would feature the works of two soldiers in the Confederate army: sculptor Moses Jacob Ezekiel and painter Theodore Moise.

In explaining why the exhibit was canceled, Anne Jarvis, the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian, deferred to the University for comment. The University held that it was honoring the academic freedom of the librarians to decide what was appropriate for the gallery. “It is the Library that speaks through its galleries, and the Library is responsible for the messages conveyed there,” wrote Deputy University spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss in an email to The Daily Princetonian.