African American

ESCAPING SLAVERY An Underground Railroad Exhibit at the Ethnic Heritage Museum

Escaping Slavery Exhibit August 16 through Sunday, November 8
This exhibit will highlight: Underground Railroad Stations in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, Abolitionists and the escapees they helped, Nationally recognized Freedom Fighters and their connection to Rockford. Illinois was a free state, but it also played a vital role as part of the Underground Railroad. Spotlighted will be Rockford's involvement in the Freedom Movement before 1863. This exhibit will also include artifacts from that time period. Admission is $3 student, $5 adult and $10 family Bring your family for a glimpse into this unique role Rockford and Northern Illinois played in the history of this time frame. The exhibit is perfect for students.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2-4 p.m

A Free Program Frederick Douglass, Father of the Civil Rights Movement. This play "My Bondage and My Freedom" was written and directed by Dorothy Page Turner and stars David Causey as Frederick Douglass. The 30 minute performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Lockwood Gallery of the museum. It features Douglass' relationship with President Abraham Lincoln and the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation.