The Museum of Science and History opens the first national race exhibit in the state, coincides with 2012 Race Relations Report

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's Museum of Science and History is making history with its latest exhibit.

It's is called "RACE: Are We So Different?" and Jacksonville will be the first city in the state to participate in a nationally recognized project that looks at the origin of race and racial ideas and their impact on American society.

The exhibit was developed in 2007 by the American Anthropological Association and was designed to promote a broad, scientific understanding of race throughout the years. The opening also went hand in hand with the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.'s annual race relations study.

JCCI released its latest progress report Friday and said there has been some improvement. For example, the percentage gap between white students and black students graduating on time has decreased. In 2012, 73% of white students graduated on time; that's compared to 62% of black students. JCCI says that gap has closed a bit from 2002, when there was a 10 percentage point difference.

However, there were areas that still had room to improve, such as unemployment, income and education.  

For a summary of the complete 2012 Race Relations Progress report go to: http://www.jcci.org/race-relations-progress-report

The exhibit runs from January 26-April 28.

For the MOSH hours and admission costs or more information about the exhibit, go to: http://themosh.org/

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