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Special Exhibitions

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosts a variety of traveling exhibitions throughout the year. Here’s what we’re hosting now.

'Free as they want to be': Artists Committed to Memory

September 30, 2022 – March 5, 2023

Past Special Exhibitions

Beyond Guilt

Learn about the human consequences of second chances and the ethical necessity to see and treat people beyond their guilt.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Explore the impact of the US prison system through contemporary art.

Macon Bolling Allen: The First African American Lawyer in the United States

Explore the life and legacy of this 19th century Freedom Hero.

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice

From internationally renowned artist Luba Lukova, Designing Justice presents vivid, captivating works that tackle the complexities of our time...

Truth and Reconciliation Visual Art Exhibition

This exhibition of artwork presents a wide range of artistic media...

Miles of Bravery

It was a time of rampant internal struggle for the United States. A time of war and slavery and uncertainty about how it would all play out within our borders.

We Are The Story: A Visual Response to Racism

Storytelling and healing through art.

Motel X

Since 2012, human trafficking cases have steadily increased in the United States, rising to 10,949 cases reported last year. Ohio mirrors those numbers...

King Me

A traveling photo series that uplifts Black Males.

MEN OF CHANGE: POWER. TRIUMPH. TRUTH.

Profiles of revolutionary men whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the United States.

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM

The artists of Women of Color Quilters Network produced works reflecting social commentary on the Civil Rights Movement and issues of race in America.

MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU

South African documentary photographer Matthew Willman documents the last ten years of Mandela’s life.

Confederate Currency: The Color of Money

Artist John W. Jones researched and documented over 126 images of slavery that were depicted on Confederate and Southern States money.