Freedom Center reopens in-exhibit theaters and Implicit Bias Learning Lab Oct. 14

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Freedom Center reopens in-exhibit theaters and Implicit Bias Learning Lab Oct. 14

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Cody Hefner, (513) 608-5777, chefner@nurfc.org

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Freedom Center reopens in-exhibit theaters and Implicit Bias Learning Lab Oct. 14

Three film experiences and access to eternal flame add more reasons to visit

CINCINNATI, OH (October 7, 2020) — There’s even more to visit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Freedom Center announced it will reopen its in-exhibit theaters and Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab with limited capacities starting October 14. The eternal flame terrace on the third floor will also reopen.

The Freedom Center is reopening four theaters within its exhibits as part of an expanded phased opening in response to COVID-19. Each theater will have reduced seating capacity to allow for proper social distancing and will be cleaned between showings. Brothers of the Borderland, From Slavery to Freedom and The Struggle Continues will all reopen October 14.

  • Brothers of the Borderland is a 25-minute film narrated by Oprah Winfrey that immerses guests in a thrilling flight to freedom, showcasing the courage and cooperation of John Parker and Rev. John Rankin as they aid an enslaved woman risking everything for freedom.
  • From Slavery to Freedom is a dramatic 12-minute companion film to the gallery of the same name, describing who the enslaved were, why they were brought here, how they lived and how they were treated, who their allies were and how they ultimately became free.
  • The Struggle Continues reminds us that slavery continues to exist in many forms in the world around us. The film examines six “unfreedoms” – conditions or circumstances – that prevent people from achieving freedom and protecting basic human rights: hunger, illiteracy, slavery, racism, tyranny and genocide.

The Freedom Center is also reopening its Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is a safe space for guests to learn about the blind spots that can compromise our professional and personal decisions. The Learning Lab encourages bold, perhaps uncomfortable, self-reflection and open dialogue about what we can do both as individuals and a society to make our world a more equitable place for all.

Guests can also enjoy the stunning view from the eternal flame terrace on the third floor. The terrace overlooks the Ohio River, nicknamed the River Jordan by those fleeing enslavement. The river represents the final obstacle in their journey of self-emancipation and continues to hold symbolic value today. The Freedom Center’s location on the banks of the Ohio River is a deliberate reminder of the river’s and Cincinnati’s place on the path to freedom in the era of the Underground Railroad.

All films and the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab are included with admission. The Freedom Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Timed tickets are required for entry to manage capacity and allow for proper social distancing. Visit freedomcenter.org to reserve tickets or for more information.

Don’t miss the Freedom Center’s upcoming virtual events:

The Legacy of the Green Book: A Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Scholar Talk, Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

Unpacking Voter Suppression: A Virtual Discussion with Gloria Steinem, Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org

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