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Forever Free Opening Program & Reception

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation Traveling Exhibit
March 7 - April 15, 2011

Forever Free Exhibit

Background Essay

Opening Program & Reception
March 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln & Ohio
March 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Emancipation Poster Contest for CCAD Students

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February issue of The News


What was on Display?


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Opening Program & Picture Gallery 
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The exhibit featured free audio tours with Guide by CellDownload the PDF flyer with details about Guide by Cell. The audio tour is no longer accessible.

See more pictures from the exhibit on the What's was on Display? page.

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The Opening Program was held March 9, 2011 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  at the State Library of Ohio.

This was the official program:

5:30    Refreshments, Music from Lincoln era

Fort Hayes High School String Quartet

5:45     Welcome           

5:50     State Representative of Ohio Mark Okey

6:00     Selected Sections of Lincoln’s Speeches with Robert Brugler, Lincoln Impersonator

6:10     Announce winner of CCAD Poster contest

6:15     Featured Speaker: Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Ph.D.         

      Making Freedom: African Americans, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War

The talk will highlight the ways in which African Americans, acting on their impulse to end slavery, converted Lincoln into an abolitionist, transformed the Civil War into a fight for freedom, and gave meaning to emancipation.

Dr. Jeffries is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and The Kirwan Institute, The Ohio State University

6:40    Music from Lincoln era

6:45    Tour exhibit - Refreshments

7:30    Close


Refreshments for the reception are being sponsored by the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science

~Ohio Historical Society will have one or two curators present with the Regimental Colors of the 5th United States Colored Troops, initially organized as the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Catalog Number H 85929

It is a machine sewn, silk flag with painted decoration on both sides.

The 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was the first African-American regiment recruited in Ohio. They were organized at Camp Delaware from August to November 1863.  The unit formed slowly until the War Department issues and official order seeking African American recruits.  The regiment was redesignated the 5th United States Colored Troops.  They fought with bravery and distinction in North Carolina and Virginia.  In the fighting at Chafin's Farm, Virginia, September 29, 1864, 85 members of the regiment were killed and 248 wounded


~ On loan from the Kelton House Museum collection for the duration of the exhibit will be the lithograph “Funeral Obsequies of the late Pres’t A. Lincoln”. Docents from the Kelton House will attend the opening reception in costume and be available to discuss the lithograph with reception attendees.


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