Prep is currently hosting the national traveling exhibition Freedom Riders, which looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans – old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern – risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. The display will remain in the Moriarty Science Center lobby through January 28, then move to the library until Feburary 5. Alumni and parents are invited to view the exhibit during a reception on January 31.
The exhibition is a companion to the PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson (2011). It combines powerful photography and news coverage of the 1961 Freedom Rides, and examines the movement from many perspectives – that of the Riders, the Kennedy Administration, and the international community. To enhance the experience, visitors can use their cell phones to access powerful first-hand audio accounts of this dangerous experiment in the fight for civil rights.
The exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and PBS’s flagship history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, is funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A reception will take place in the library on Wednesday, January 31, for alumni and parents who are interested in viewing the exhibition, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you would like to attend, please contact the chair of Prep's history department, Mr. Anthony Verdi, '95, at VerdiA@spprep.org