Old Salem to Present Created Equal Film Series

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News media contact
Scott Carpenter
336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 6, 2015)—Old Salem Museums & Gardens is presenting screenings of clips from four documentaries in January, February, and April with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. The screenings will include discussion forums and scholarly presentations, and are being presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery, which was announced to the enslaved community in and around the town of Salem on Sunday, May 21, 1865, in St. Philips African Moravian Church in what is now Old Salem.

Old Salem is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded the opportunity to show the films, which chronicle the history of the civil rights movement and mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. The powerful documentaries, Freedom Riders, Slavery by Another Name, The Abolitionists, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists were nominated for Emmys in 2013.

All screenings will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem. These programs are free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-441-5305. School groups are asked to register at least 7 days in advance. Reservations are preferred for individuals, although an individual may attend without a reservation if space permits.

Screening dates and times:

Freedom Riders
Saturday, January 17, 2015
2–3:30 p.m.

Short excerpts of the film will be shown followed by an interactive discussion with Collis Crews, a participant in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a re-enactment of the Freedom Rides orchestrated by the Congress of Racial Equality in the spring of 1961. The Parkland High School Choral Ensemble and Dance Team will perform. The event is being held in collaboration with the Wake Forest University Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department. Additional discussions with Wanda Allen-Abraha, J.D., director of the City of Winston-Salem’s Human Relations Department, and L. Wesley Harris, Jr., interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest University, will take place. The program is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-441-5305. School groups are asked to register at least 7 days in advance. Reservations are preferred for individuals, although an individual may attend without a reservation if space permits. Light refreshments will be served. Freedom Riders may be viewed in its entirety prior to the program on the Created Equal website createdequal.neh.gov.

Slavery by Another Name
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Short excerpts will be shown followed by an interactive discussion led by Dr. Anthony Parent, Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. The program is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-441-5305. School groups are asked to register at least 7 days in advance. Reservations are preferred for individuals, although an individual may attend without a reservation if space permits. Light lunch is included or you may bring your own. Slavery by Another Name may be viewed in its entirety prior to the program on the Created Equal website createdequal.neh.gov.

The Abolitionists
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and Wednesday, February 18, 2015
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Short excerpts will be shown followed by an interactive discussion led by Dr. Anthony Parent, Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. The screenings are sequential, but are still effective as stand-alone sessions. The program is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-441-5305. School groups are asked to register at least 7 days in advance. Reservations are preferred for individuals, although an individual may attend without a reservation if space permits. Light lunch is included or you may bring your own. The Abolitionists may be viewed in its entirety prior to the program on the Created Equal website createdequal.neh.gov.

The Loving Story
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12 –1:30 p.m.

Short excerpts will be shown followed by a discussion with Susie Powell, co-author of this award-winning film. She will talk about what inspired her to write about Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple who lived in Virginia in the 1950s and were subsequently arrested for getting married. The program is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-441-5305. School groups are asked to register at least 7 days in advance. Reservations are preferred for individuals, although an individual may attend without a reservation if space permits. Light lunch is included or you may bring your own. Additional portions of The Loving Story may be viewed prior to the program on the Created Equal website createdequal.neh.gov.

For more information on the series, visit oldsalem.org.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit neh.gov/created-equal for more information.

The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

About Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions.  Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South.  Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem.  For more information, call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. neh.gov.

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