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A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is showcasing figures who played major roles in advancing civil rights.

Photographs, paintings, sculptures and other items from the gallery’s permanent collection are featured in “The Struggle for Justice.” Among those depicted are abolitionist Frederick Douglass, suffragist Susan B. Anthony and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Curators say the exhibit tells the stories of leaders whose efforts prompted historic change in the status of blacks, women, gays, people with intellectual and physical disabilities and other groups.

The exhibit opened Friday and will be on permanent display at the museum.