Lucy Higgs Nichols: If Not For Women

This special performance features the life and history of Lucy Higgs Nichols.  Nichols, a runaway slave who joined the 23rd Indiana Regiment nurse is portrayed by Judith C. Owens-Laude.  Judith is an author, dramatist, educator, folklorist, and storyteller from Louisville, Kentucky.  This empowering performance will be followed by a discussion with local scholars in women's history and African American history. Free. No tickets required.

Youth Summit

Join us Feb. 5 at the Freedom Center to be a part of the National Youth Summit where students across the country will join together for a virtual National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer and civic engagement. Civil rights activists and Freedom School internship participants will participate in a panel discussion about the 1964 youth-led effort to end the political disenfranchisement of African Americans in the Deep South, and discuss the role of young people in shaping America's future.

The Anti-Slavery Press

Valuing personal freedom for everyone, abolitionists truly believed that “All men are created equal.” They fought fiercely to end the institution of slavery, and through the cooperation of many, American slavery was abolished in 1865. One of the most important tools of the Abolitionist Movement was the printed word.  Beginning in the 1830s, anti-slavery advocates printed countless numbers of newspapers, pamphlets and books that challenged the slave system.

Getting Students Engaged in Modern Abolition

The fight for freedom is still taking place today.  As educators we have to provide educational opportunities for students to become actively engaged with the history that will in turn inspire activism to end modern slavery. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center provides pre and post-visit lessons and activities to ensure that a student’s journey of internalizing the difficult content connected to historical and contemporary slavery is understandable.

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