Thursday, January 28, 2010

Forever Free exhibit special events January 21-February 7

Forever Free Exhibit Special Events January 31-February 7:

Sunday, January 31 --Former Museum Director Bill Moore will speak on "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The Greensboro Connection" at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 3:00 p.m. (In the event of inclement winter weather this weekend, as predicted, contact the Museum to see if the event is still on: 336-373-2043). The Museum, not UNCG, will make the call on whether the event goes on as scheduled.

Thursday, February 4: Lecture by Dr. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina,  “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG campus, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 7: African American Music in the Time of Lincoln Greensboro councilwoman and “Song” Storyteller T. Dianne Bellamy-Small & friends will present an inspirational performance of black spirituals of the 19th century.  Central Library, Greensboro Public Library, 219 N. Church St., 3 p.m.

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries at UNCG play host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which fills a long wall on one side of the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator." In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus, with more in February and early March.

Organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.