The Lincoln School Story Screening & Discussion at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center July 25
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI, OH (July 22, 2017) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host a screening of The Lincoln School Story: A Battle of School Integration in Ohio on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater. The program, in partnership with the Highland County Historical Society, is open and free to the public. RSVPs are requested.
The Lincoln School Story: A Battle for School Integration in Ohio is a short documentary film that tells the story of how five mothers and daughters fought for school integration in 1954, in Hillsboro, Ohio. For two years, the mothers and children marched every day, despite segregationist redistricting, cross burnings and legal threats. The lawsuit from the mothers brought against the school board was the first northern test case of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, which had declared school segregation illegal.
“We are excited to host this screening as it tells the forgotten story of these heroic mothers who fought for equal opportunities in education,” says Christopher Miller, Manager Program Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Without shining light on experiences such as this, we are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past.”
The Lincoln School Story was produced by award-winning filmmaker Andrea Torrice and Lincoln School Project Director Kati Burwinkel, along with Joyce Clemons and Teresa Williams – two of the women who were children who marched with their mothers in 1954. Torrice, Burwinkel, Clemons and Williams will be present at the discussion following the screening.
The Lincoln School Story screening and discussion at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. For more information about upcoming programs and exhibits, visit freedomcenter.org.
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.