November 14, 2015 through February 13, 2016
TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ON RACE RELATIONS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7 pm
Mayerson Hall, HUC-JIR
On this day in 1862, the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, stating that “if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be free.” The Confederate Army did not concede and three months later, on the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.
Today is the anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, where four little girls, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, died in an attack orchestrated and carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan. An attack, as described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that was "one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetuated against humanity." Over 50 years later and just months after the horrific church shootings in Charleston, we, as a nation, still have more work ahead of us.
LOCATION: ESCAPE GALLERY (2nd Floor)
Come and interact with a freedom hero from the past! Visitors will be able to watch a live re-enactor telling their story and ask them questions during this experience.
LOCATION: JOHN W. ANDERSON SLAVE PEN (2nd Floor)
Engage directly with stories and artifacts from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center collections. The talks will be led by museum scholars, historians, and educators. Gallery talks will start promptly.
Location: Tour starts in the lobby of the Center
This tour will lead visitors throughout the main gallery halls of the museum. The tour guide will highlight significant artifacts, stories, locations and answer questions on this one hour experience.
Location: 4th Floor of the Center
Have you ever been interested in discovering your family’s origins, but never had the tools? Now you can take advantage of the FREE family history resource available at the Family Search Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
This website was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program