June 28 – July 26, 2013 Location: George C. Marshall Foundation, 1600 VMI Parade, Lexington, VA
Location: 
George C. Marshall Foundation, 1600 VMI Parade, Lexington, VA

Panel exhibition that documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding of the United States through 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence; a secretly printed draft and official copy of the US Constitution; Lincoln’s handwritten notes for several speeches; and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

May 24 – June 21, 2013 Location: Glen Rock High School, 400 Hamilton Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ
Location: 
Glen Rock High School, 400 Hamilton Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ

Panel exhibition that documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding of the United States through 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence; a secretly printed draft and official copy of the US Constitution; Lincoln’s handwritten notes for several speeches; and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

April 19 – May 17, 2013 Location: Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX
Location: 
Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane, San Antonio, TX

Panel exhibition that documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding of the United States through 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence; a secretly printed draft and official copy of the US Constitution; Lincoln’s handwritten notes for several speeches; and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

March 15 – April 12, 2013 Location: Dutcher Middle School, 1441 Colorado Avenue, Turlock, CA
Location: 
Dutcher Middle School, 1441 Colorado Avenue, Turlock, CA

Panel exhibition that documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding of the United States through 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence; a secretly printed draft and official copy of the US Constitution; Lincoln’s handwritten notes for several speeches; and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

February 7 – March 7, 2013 Location: Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Avenue, Etowah, TN
Location: 
Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Avenue, Etowah, TN

Panel exhibition that documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from the founding of the United States through 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence; a secretly printed draft and official copy of the US Constitution; Lincoln’s handwritten notes for several speeches; and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

January 1 – 29, 2013 Location: Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road, Indianapolis, IN
Location: 
Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road, Indianapolis, IN

 

July 23 – 30, 2012 Location: Oak Bluffs, MA
Location: 
Oak Bluffs, MA

The saga of the Freedom Rides is an empowering story of courage and commitment. During the first year of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, more than four hundred Americans participated in a dangerous experiment designed to awaken the nation’s conscience. Despite two US Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel, racial integration was forbidden by law and custom in much of the Deep South.

July 3 – 31, 2012 Location: Grinnell, Iowa
Location: 
Grinnell, Iowa

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson based the colonists’ right to separate on the King’s denial of their freedom—their “inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Yet for over 225 years, the principle of freedom and our understanding of its implications have evolved.  The debates, decisions, and battles of our past shape the United States in which we live today. The exhibition invites the modern-day viewer into the lives of the men and women who forged this nation, whether they arrived in this land by choice or in chains.

June 20 – July 17, 2012 Location: The Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106
Location: 
The Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63106

Would you get on a bus to defend your ideals, even if it meant encountering violence? Fifty years ago, more than 400 ordinary Americans did. By 1960, two US Supreme Court decisions had ruled that requiring racial segregation in interstate travel was illegal. But the rulings were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, the Freedom Riders performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

Freedom Riders

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Welcome to the online exhibition of Freedom Riders created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with PBS’s flagship history series, American Experience. It was created as a companion to the American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders.”

 

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