Gallery Openings and Events

Freedom Riders Opening at Prince George’s Community College Library

Photo Courtesy Prince George's Community College.

Photo Courtesy Prince George’s Community College.

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Opening: Wednesday, February 12

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Freedom Riders at Prince George’s Community College Library on February 12, 2014 is a national traveling exhibition that tells the powerful, harrowing and inspirational civil rights story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. It will be on display from February 12th – March 10th in conjunction with other programming made possible by the Created Equal grant which came to the college last fall.

Organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and PBS’s flagship history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, this exhibition combines powerful photography and news coverage of the Rides, as well as first-hand audio accounts of this dangerous experiment in the fight for civil rights.  A companion to the May 2011 PBS broadcast of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Freedom Riders, the exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. “Freedom Riders” examines the 1961 Freedom Rides from many perspectives– that of the riders themselves, the Kennedy administration, and the international community.

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8am to 8pm
  • Friday: 8am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Call Ms. Julie Seigel at (301) 322-0138 for details, or visit www.pgcc.edu.

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