HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Bishop Museum opened a new exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 20, that showcases the scientific racism in Hawaii from 100 years ago.
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The Sullivan Collection includes images and plaster busts from the 1920s that were originally created to measure the physical features of Native Hawaiian people.
The displays were part of a since-discredited anthropological study of race associated with the eugenics movement.
The collection is named after Louis Sullivan — the anthropologist who sought to justify race and the superiority of some races over others.
The collection is now used as a genealogical source for Native Hawaiian descendants.