Join Samuel Black, Director of the African American Program at Heinz History Center for a two-part series on the stories and content that comprise the long-term exhibit at the Heinz History Center "From Slavery to Freedom."
The long-term exhibit, presented by BNY Mellon, highlights the enslavement of Africans and its impact on the American economy, the history of the anti-slavery movement, the Underground Railroad, and the impact of 19th century activism on the modern quest for civil and human rights in Pittsburgh.
Visitors to From Slavery to Freedom will immerse themselves in the evolution of the region’s African American community, embarking on a journey that begins in 18th century Africa, crosses the Atlantic Ocean on a recreated slave ship, toils in bondage on plantations of America, joins the Underground network of freedom seekers, fights for freedom in the Civil War, organizes for civil rights, and ends in 21st century Western Pennsylvania.
Explore the history of slavery in America, abolitionism, and the modern struggle for freedom using artifacts, immersive museum settings, rare documents, interactive activities, and audio/video components. From Slavery to Freedom connects the region’s earliest African residents to the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and discusses today’s hopes for freedom and equality. Numerous profiles of men and women from the antebellum era to the 21st century who have struggled to change the conditions of African Americans and make freedom the cornerstone of American life.
From Slavery to Freedom has won major international awards, including American Association for State and Local History, Leadership in History Award for 2013; African Diaspora World Tourism Award, Cultural Exhibit Flame Keeper for From Slavery to Freedom, for Dedicated Service in Cultural Heritage Tourism, 2013; the PA Museums Presidents and S.K. Stevens Awards for 2014.-Heinz History Center
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
This event will be conducted via the free video conferencing software Zoom and a Library staff member will be supervising the session. The Librarian coordinating the event will email each registrant a Zoom meeting invitation before the start of the program. Zoom is available as a free desktop (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Operating systems) and mobile application for Android and Apple iOS devices. Once Zoom is installed, you will be able to join the virtual Library program.
Registration is required. By registering for this event you have agreed to comply with the library's patron behavior policy. All non-compliant participants will be immediately and permanently blocked from further participation. Because the Librarian facilitating the event will not be able to provide live technical support during the virtual program, it is strongly encouraged you familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance of the program. You can also contact the Library’s Virtual Reference Service for assistance.