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Promise of Freedom: Emancipation Proclamation enters its final two months

By Fairfield Museum and Historical Center





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FAIRFIELD, CT – Fairfield Museum’s latest exhibition, Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation begins its final two months in January with a large interfaith program on January 6th, “Let Freedom Ring!”, which belatedly celebrates Jubilee Day (January 1st) and sponsored by the Museum and the Fairfield Clergy Association.

The Lincoln movie, released in late November has also provided a lift to The Promise of Freedom exhibition, which commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document of American history and freedom, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on New Year’s Day 1863. Movie goers who bring in their ticket stubs receive $2 off admission fees.

Featured in the Promise of Freedom exhibition are rare Lincoln-signed copies of the Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, along with an 1833 copy of the Declaration of Independence and a range of civil rights images and related memorabilia on loan from area collectors. Promise of Freedom will be open through February 24th, 2013.

The following programs are related to Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation exhibition…

Let Freedom Ring! Jubilee Celebration

An Interfaith Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamationat the Fairfield Museum and History Center370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT
Co-sponsored with the Fairfield Clergy Association
Sunday, January 6, 2013 2 p.m.

Open to the entire community. Please join us for an interfaith celebration featuring readings, songs and prayers for freedom, based on the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. Free. Refreshments will follow.

Community Weekend: January 19 – 21, 2013

The Museum will commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission. Programs will include:

A Live, one-man Performance by Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library of “The Life and Times of William Webb”, An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut Saturday, January 19 2 p.m.
Free with admission. Recommended for adults and students in grades 4 and up.

“Listen, there is no more clanging; there are no more slave chains. I’m Free! Praise the Lord I’m Free!” So says Private William Riley Salisbury Webb of the 29th Connecticut Volunteers, who fought in the American Civil War. Hear the old song that answers what our fight was all about: an opportunity and chance at freedom. Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library brings to life the story of William Webb.

ABOUT Civil War soldier William Riley Webb

Evidence suggests that Private William Riley Webb was born about 1834 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Eloise Johnson. His father’s first name is unknown. Eloise married Edwin Salisbury on November 24, 1836, in Hartford. Eloise and Edwin also had a daughter Emerett. Emerett married Benjamin Franklin Roberts, a member of a prominent African-American publishing family in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Eloise and Edwin eventually moved to the Boston area.

William Webb married Augusta E. Madison of Ellington, on March 12, 1864. They were married in New Haven before the 29th left the state. Augusta and William had no children. William passed away in 1868. Augusta died at the age of 19 on April 3, 1868.

Service record – Company F -enlisted Dec. 22, 1863; mustered into organization March 8, 1864; discharged March 9, 1865.http://wmwebb.wordpress.com/cast-and-crew/

The Wednesday Music ClubSunday, January 20 1:15pm Contact: Louise MacCormack

The Wednesday Music Club, founded in 1898, is in its 114th year performing and sharing music in the Greater Bridgeport Area. The Wednesday Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs. Its mission is to provide music for our own entertainment, for nursing homes and civic functions, and to provide music scholarships for deserving, auditioned young people who will be music majors in college. The club is currently sponsoring four musicians.

Bridgeport’s Roots Sunday, January 20 2:15pm

Free with admission

Learn about the roots of Bridgeport’s “Little Liberia” and its African American community with Mary Witkowski of the Bridgeport History Center and historian Charles Brilvitch.

“Freedom Quilt” Family Workshop Monday, January 21 10am – 12pm

Free with admission. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop in to create a “Freedom Quilt” collage, inspired by the themes of freedom and equality in the Fairfield Museum’s exhibit, Free at Last, displaying Civil Rights photographs.

Film Screening: Freedom Riders Monday, January 21 2 p.m.

Free with admission

"Freedom Riders" is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives, many enduring 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 met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

The documentary from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson premiered on PBS in May, 2011 and is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

JANUARY FILM AND LECTURE

Black Power in the City by the Sea [Repeated from lectures list –promote with all of the MLK weekend activities] With Dr. Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University Monday, January 21 7 p.m. Members: $5; Non-members: $7

Fairfield University professor Dr. Yohuru Williams explores the history of the Black Power Movement in Southern Connecticut with a particular emphasis on Fairfield County and the intriguing band of activists and supporters who helped to shape the struggle for Black equality in this region. From the Black Panther Party and the Puerto Rican Young Lords Party, to the surprising band of white allies who aided their causes, Professor Williams engages the fascinating history of this exciting period in American and Connecticut History.

The lecture will be preceded by Connecticut filmmaker Karyl Evans’ short documentary
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Connecticut.
During the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King visited a number of Connecticut towns including New Haven, Bridgeport and Middletown. His influence in the state during that turbulent time is recounted by the people who remember his substantial impact (9 minutes)

Producer/Director/Writer/Editor Karl Evans created this documentary for Connecticut Public Television

Winter Educator Workshop: Teaching Civil Rights in a Global World
Wednesday, January 9 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. $15, includes refreshments. Pre-register online at www.fairfieldhistory.org, or email education@fairfieldhs.org or call 203-259-1598

Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Associate Professor of African American History, Fairfield University, will present his work on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into Teaching Civil Rights. This teacher resource of nearly 600 oversize pages, published by Teaching for Change and PRRAC, provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Williams will show educators the highlights of this treasure trove of photographs, songs, statements, and work from the likes of great writers, historians, and activists. This informative collection includes essays, articles, analysis, interviews, primary documents and interactive and interdisciplinary teaching aids on civil rights, movement building, and what it means for all of the inhabitants of the planet. Sections on education, economic justice, citizenship, and culture, connects the African-American Civil Rights Movement to Native American, Latina, Asian-American, gay rights, and international struggles; while highlighting the often-ignored roles of women in social justice movements.

http://civilrightsteaching.org/

LECTURE SERIES

Film & Lecture: “Black Power in the City by the Sea” with Dr. Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University Monday, January 21 7p.m.
Members: $5; Non-members: $7

Fairfield University professor Dr. Yohuru Williams explores the history of the Black Power Movement in Southern Connecticut with a particular emphasis on Fairfield County and the intriguing band of activists and supporters who helped to shape the struggle for Black equality in this region. From the Black Panther Party, and the Puerto Rican Young Lords Party, to the surprising band of white allies who aided their causes, Professor Williams engages the fascinating history of this exciting period in American and Connecticut History.

The lecture will be preceded by Connecticut filmmaker Karyl Evans’ short documentary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in onnecticut.

During the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King visited a number of Connecticut towns including New Haven, Bridgeport and Middletown. His influence in the state during that turbulent time is recounted by the people who remember his substantial impact (9 minutes)

Producer/Director/Writer/Editor Karyl Evans created this documentary for Connecticut Public Television

Slavery in Connecticut
Thursday, January 31 7pm
Members: $5; Non-members: $7. Please register online at www.fairfieldhistory.org. For more information, call 203-259-1598. Registration ends at noon on the day of the lecture.

Alegra de Bonaventura, (PhD 2008, History; JD 2002), assistant dean, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will discuss her research In My Master’s House: The Untold Story of Family and Slavery in Early New England. The book explores family life in early New England and exposes the surprisingly deep legal, religious, and familial interconnections among New Englanders of every origin and social caste.

BIO: Allegra de Bonaventura
http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/publications/news/201202/dibonaventura.html

America & the Civil War Book Club Geraldine Brooks, March Tuesday, January 15
One man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause, challenging his most ardently held beliefs.

Join Library Director Elizabeth Rose, Ph.D, for a monthly brown bag lunch discussion on engaging fiction and non-fiction titles centered on Civil War stories and themes. We hope that you have the opportunity to read the book, but it’s not required!
Tuesday, January 15 at noon Free. Please register by calling 203-259-1598.
Please bring lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.





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