The Frederick Douglass Story

This Art Reach theatrical experience embodies the plight of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a commanding orator and abolitionist. As a young man he educated himself in secret, but he would one day give advice to presidents. Douglass is one of the most respected leaders in our country's history because he did not just speak about his ideals...he lived them.

Join us in the Harriet Tubman Theater February 1 for two amazing performances of The Frederick Douglass Story.

Admission is $10
Two performances: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m
Ideal for Grades 3-12

12 Years a Slave and the new Solomon Northup Tour at the Freedom Center

On October 22, I along with my Freedom Center family, previewed the new major motion picture, 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s novel also entitled 12 Years a Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen and now playing nation-wide, is an absolute must- see.  From beginning to end, 12 Years a Slave took me on such an emotional journey. I cried as I saw the hardships and turmoil Solomon faced as Chiwetel Ejiofor expertly brought Solomon Northup to life.

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.

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.

Genealogy Resources

For a basic family tree, click here.

Tips for Collecting a Family Oral History

The best source of family history is always family. If you have any living grandparents, by all means start  there! Aunts and uncles are also great sources of information, and of course your parents. But your family  is larger than you think – your parents’ first cousins will also have information about earlier generations.   

How do I start? 

How To

Getting Started in Family History 

Our free Family Search Center in the John P. Parker Library is a great place to get started with family research. But if you can't visit, here are some tools from Family Search to get you started:

Start with what you already know, write it down, and work back gradually to earlier generations. Don’t worry right now about “how far back you can get”—start at home. Interview your parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Seek out old photos. Then you can add information from other sources. 

Genealogy

Have you ever been interested in discovering your family's origins, but never had the tools? Now you can take advantage of the FREE family history resources available at the FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Volunteers provide free, personalized assistance in tracing your family tree.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Tickets

General Admission Tickets:

Adults: $15.00
Children (ages 3-12) $10.50
Seniors (60+). $13.00
Children (under 3) FREE

Advance purchase not necessary. For special event tickets, click here.
 

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