Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Screenings at the
Saint Albans Historical Society & Museum
To introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the Saint Albans Historical Society & Museum will offer a series of screenings and discussion forums in 2014-2016.
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.
The Saint Albans Historical Society & Museum is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, 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 have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
The Museum’s program will feature film screenings, to be followed by community forums and discussions led by local scholars and participants in the Civil Rights movement. “These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in our founding documents and principles for all Americans,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide public programming around these films, in conjunction with our ongoing effort to document the social history of St. Albans. We recently opened a new exhibit, and are continuing to research and document the French-Canadian heritage that proved so vital to the development of our community.”
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 www.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 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. www.neh.gov.
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. www.gilderlehrman.org.