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N.C. Museum of History Awarded Grant for Film Series Chronicling History of Civil Rights Movement

Bridging Cultures National Endowment for the Humanities Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is one of 473 institutions across the country that have been awarded a series of films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights movement. Part of the Created Equal series, these powerful documentaries, “The Abolitionists,” “Freedom Riders,” “The Loving Story” and “Slavery by Another Name,” include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story” has been nominated for an Emmy in 2013.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, leading up to Black History Month in February, the N.C. Museum of History will kick off a series of programs featuring a film screening and a discussion forum centered on one of the documentary films. Furthermore, scholars or North Carolinians with ties to the Civil Rights movement will help lead the discussion about the film and the events pertaining to it. The Jan. 19 program will focus on “Freedom Riders,” the Feb. 16 program on “The Loving Story” and the March 16 program on “Slavery by Another Name.”

The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

In addition to the Jan. 19 program prior to Black History Month, attend a festival focusing on freedom and explore the exhibit Freedom Coming, Freedom for All. The 13th Annual African American Cultural Celebration will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Freedom Coming, Freedom for All will be on view through Jan. 26, 2014. (The exhibit will close briefly from Oct. 7 through Oct. 13.) The exhibit centers on the status of North Carolina before the Civil War, events leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes and results of the document in the state and nation. Freedom Coming, Freedom for All is presented by the North Carolina Freedom Monument Park and the North Carolina Museum of History.

For more information about the documentary films, go to www.neh.gov/created-equal. To learn more about the Museum of History, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org and Facebook, or call 919-807-7900.

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About the N.C. Museum of History
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. www.neh.gov.

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