Focused on Freedom

CELEBRATE AN EXTENDED JUNETEENTH WEEKEND!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 • 11:00am-6:00pm • Free admission

PARTICIPANTS OF THE 1968 POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN:
CALL FOR ARTIFACTS & ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS

 
“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

To extend the celebration of freedom, the Museum is offering a FREE admission day with highlights, including the Solidary Now! and the Poverty Today special exhibitions. Normally closed on Tuesdays, the Museum is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The experience is an opportunity to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and to remember the sacrifices of generations past that made room for the freedoms enjoyed today.

The Museum is also issuing a Call for Artifacts and Oral History Interviews to people who participated in or whose families were present for the 1968 Poor People's Campaign to share their stories. On June 21, the museum will record interviews on-demand and by appointment. The stories may be added to the museum’s collection and shared on the museum's digital platforms while the Solidarity Now! exhibition is on display through July 31. To schedule an interview, visit the Solidarity Now! exhibition page.

The public is also encouraged to donate or loan photos, artifacts, news clippings, documents, textiles, or other items that feature any events from the 1968 Mule Train from Mississippi to Solidarity Day in June 1968 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum’s collection department is accepting donation inquiries via its collections inquiry form. These testimonials, objects, or documents will allow future generations a way to better understand the parallels of the fight against poverty today. The submissions are received on an ongoing basis.

The Focused on Freedom community day is sponsored by the White Station High School Class of 1972 in celebration of their 50th Reunion and in recognition of the values and mission of the Museum. The reunion class has selected the museum as a connector of the Memphis community and a unifier across generations.

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