The Legacy Gallery

The Legacy Gallery is dedicated to the impact that legislation passed by President Johnson had on America. If you've watched PBS, received financial aid for college, enjoyed wildflowers on the side of a highway, enrolled in Medicare, or visited a national park—then legislation passed by LBJ has had a direct impact on your life today. Johnson's vision of a Great Society covered such a wide range of topics that it would be difficult to live a life free from the effects of his Presidency. From the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act to requiring that seat belts be worn in cars, LBJ has made significant changes to everyday life in America. Click on the first image to view the complete slideshow.

Pillars throughout the gallery feature descriptive stories and pictures about individuals who have benefited directly from legislation that was set in motion during LBJ's Presidency. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Impact Table, a touchscreen interactive where visitors are encouraged to learn more about the lasting effects of LBJ's Presidency, post their opinions on current events related to legislation passed by LBJ, and vote on the Question of the Month.

Click here to view a list of the landmark laws passed during the Johnson administration.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places.

Then & Now

Did You Know…

"Historian David McCullough has said that the threshold test of greatness in a President is whether he is willing to risk his Presidency for what he believes. LBJ passes that test with flying colors. It’s time for all of us to give his presidency the high marks it deserves."

The Keynote Address by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. at the Centennial Celebration for President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Topic Talk