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Visitors walk through the Sorting out Race exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Saturday. Objects in the display were purchased from thrift stores.

WENATCHEE — Consider the flesh-colored crayons in an exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center (WVMCC): from 1903 the pinkish brown is the only flesh tint, which was renamed “pink beige” in 1949 and then renamed “peach.” It wasn’t until 1992 that Crayola launched the first multicultural colors to represent a wider range of skin colors. And what of the burnt sienna color called Indian Red? Could something so seemingly innocuous be reinforcing prejudice?

Showing through March, the current “Sorting Out Race” exhibit came to the WVMCC from the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in Kansas. The items were not curated from a traditional museum collection, but rather picked up from thrift stores along the way.

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