Freedom Rider exhibit roars into Cambridge

December 9, 2011 by  

The City of Cambridge is privileged to be one of just 20 locations across the U.S. to host the acclaimed Freedom Riders traveling exhibition in December 2011.

The Freedom Riders exhibition portrays a six-month period in the year 1961. It was a time when more than 400 brave American citizens of all ages and races, put their lives on the line to protest segregation in America, particularly in the South where public facilities were segregated for blacks and for whites.

The Freedom Riders expo was designed to partner with the Emmy Awarded film directed by Stanley Nelson, an American Experience production, also called “Freedom Riders”. In honour of being only one in 20 sites across the country to host this remarkable piece of Americana, the film will be hosted in Cambridge at the Main Branch Library at 449 Broadway on Sunday, Dec 4.

The traveling exhibit was conceived and created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and by a significant grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, given to help produce PBS’s preeminent history program, American Experience.

The bid to bring this exhibit to Cambridge was supported by the work and dedication of Cambridge Public Schools, youth programs, the Cambridge Public Library and local businesses including print companies involved in the poster printing to publicize this event.

Freedom Riders will be open to the public Dec 10 to 30, 2011 at the Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center at 680 Huron Ave.