Unknowing Heroes

 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church QuiltMy favorite quilt in NURFC’s And Still We Rise exhibit is Syvia Hernandez's quilt, Birmingham Bombing. Hernandez's quilt commemorates the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, September 15, 1963, and the four girls whose lives became the sacrifice that brought Birmingham to finally face the consequences of its evil actions.

Found in Collection*

 Letter from Charles to Garnetta Lewis, 1944, with stacks of letters

*Found in Collection is a term used to denote materials not originally part of a large donation or that are undocumented. I’ll be using it to talk about interesting stories not necessarily able to be on display in the NURFC galleries.

The Anti-Slavery Record

The Anti-Slavery Record  was an abolitionist series published for the American Anti-Slavery Society by R. G. Williams.  The monthly was published in New York and had a three year run from 1835 to 1837.  Issues of the Anti-Slavery Record were bought and read in huge numbers while in print.  With the intention of sharing anti-slavery sentiments with a broad audience, most issues included an illustration on the first page that depicted the evils of chattel slavery. 

Curator's Statement

When a faction of American society is excluded from the master narrative of the country’s collective histories, the whole society loses. Failure to tell an inclusive history of any nation leaves its citizens needlessly vulnerable to repeating patterns of oppression and injustice from the past.

And Still We Rise: Exhibition Fact Sheet

About The Exhibition

This exhibition is curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, Ph.D., and is organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

And Still We Rise appeals to a broad audience from quilters to crafters and from historians to fashion and textile enthusiasts.

Stretched end to end, the quilts of And Still We Rise would cover the length of the Cincinnati Bengals’ football field!

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.


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