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Influencing Lincoln: The Pursuit of Black Freedom

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“Influencing Lincoln: The Pursuit of Black Freedom,” an exhibit that explores the Black community’s fight for freedom and equal rights during and after the Civil War at the national level and in Indiana, opens March 18-Oct. 29 at the Indiana State Museum.
Visitors will learn how members of the Black community – national figures like Frederick Douglass or people in his immediate circle – influenced Abraham Lincoln as he moved toward ending slavery and advocating for greater rights. And they’ll see rare historic documents that resulted from this movement: the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.
“Influencing Lincoln” covers the years 1861-1875, from the beginning of Lincoln’s presidency to the passage of the 1875 Civil Rights Act, which guaranteed all citizens, regardless of color, access to accommodations, theatres, public schools, churches, and cemeteries.
The exhibit is free with museum admission, which is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for children and $5 for current college students with an Indiana school ID. For more information, call 317-232-1637.