In the meantime, Ellis has succeeded in securing one space devoted to African-American accomplishments: a Senate conference room, , just outside the Senate chamber. In 2011, Ellis admired a touring Smithsonian exhibit about the civil rights movement portrayed in posters. Incidentally, the exhibit was in need of a permanent home. Patsy Spaw, the secretary of the Senate, had the posters put in the conference room. That’s where they’ve stayed ever since. Later, other documents, letters and photographs relating to the movement—as well as the women’s suffrage movement—were added to the room.