Changing America Exhibit


Tuesday, November 4
Lynette Ater Tanner, guest speaker
“Chained to the Land” with opening reception in the Library’s Archives to follow

Wednesday, November 5
Keith Finley, guest speaker on civil rights

Thursday, November 6
Jared Wells, guest speaker
“Slavery by Another Name”

Tuesday, November 11
Paul Wilson, guest speaker
“African-American Experience in WWI & WWII” in honor of Veteran’s Day

All speaking events will be at 5:30 PM in the Library’s Multipurpose Room (3rd Floor)

All events are free
and open to the public

On view Mon. – Fri. 8a.m. – 4:30p.m.
in Archives

Closed Thanksgiving Week
(11/22/14 – 11/30/14)

Changing America

Ellender Memorial Library is pleased to present “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Ellender Memorial Library on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  The exhibit will run until Monday, December 15, 2014.  This exhibit examines the relationship between two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. The exhibition tells the story of these struggles and their impact on American history and on the extension of equal rights to all Americans.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.