Exhibits at the Freedom Center
The Freedom Center's exhibits offer visitors unique, illuminating and inspiring experiences.
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
Brothers of the Borderland immerses guests in a thrilling flight to freedom, showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Rev. John Rankin as they aid a woman risking all to flee slavery. The 25-minute film features a segment narrated
by Oprah Winfrey that introduces the main historical figures John Parker and Rev. John Rankin, abolitionists in Ripley, OH. The film is shown in an "experiential" theater, complete with fog rising from the river and crickets chirping in the background. This exhibit may not be appropriate for very young children, but it is ideal for ages 8 and above.
Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
The Slave Pen, built in the early 1800's, was recovered from a farm in Mason County, KY, less than 60 miles from the Freedom Center. The structure was used as a holding pen by Kentucky slave trader, Capt. John W. Anderson, to temporarily keep enslaved people being moved further south for sale. The slave pen played an integral role in the greater story of the internal slave trade in America.
Sponsors: American Express Company, AT&T, Luxottica Retail
ESCAPE! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad uses storytelling, role-playing and hands-on activities to present accounts of courage, perseverance and cooperation. Concentrating on the period between 1830 and 1865, this exhibit teaches the brave and clever actions of men and women who resisted slavery. Especially noteworthy in this family-friendly exhibit are the colorful banners of abolitionists and conductors by renowned artist Jerry Pinkney.
Sponsor: The Oprah Winfrey Foundation
From Slavery to Freedom portrays three centuries of slavery from its introduction into the Americas, to its abolition at the end of the American Civil War. The exhibit describes who the enslaved were, why they were brought here, how they lived, how they worked, and also who their allies were - and how ultimately they became free! A 12 minute companion film provides a dramatic overview of this dramatic story.
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Company
The Struggle Continues examines the desire to fight for freedom around the world and reminds us that slavery in many forms and guises continues to exist in the world around us. Iconic and abstract images, on each of two long, facing walls, symbolize and evoke freedom and slavery throughout the world. The images are accompanied by audio that creates an intriguing yet reflective mood.
Struggle Continues explore six conditions or circumstances -- which we call "unfreedoms" --- that prevent people from achieving freedom and the protection of basic human rights. These unfreedoms are hunger, illiteracy, slavery, racism, tyranny and genocide. The exhibit may not be appropriate for young children.
Sponsors: Fifth Third Foundation, Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Charles Moerlein Foundation, Ohio Valley Foundation, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts
Suite for Freedom is a brief orientation film that introduces the Freedom Center Experience. Suite features a trilogy of distinct but interrelated animated shorts tied together by a musical suite. It is remarkable for the artistry of three world-class animators and musicians combined with inspiring words creates a unique visual experience.
Sponsor: The Harold C. Schott Foundation
Everyday Freedom Heroes celebrates individuals from all walks of life whose extraordinary choices at key moments paralleled the courageous actions taken by participants on the Underground Railroad.