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Upcoming exhibit explores life of abolitionist

The Center of Africana Studies is preparing an exhibit called “Frederick Douglass” that will explore slavery and the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Free to the public all day, the exhibit is open April 1-13. The exhibit will be held at the Elliott Student Union in Room 213. The exhibit was brought to UCM through coordinating efforts between Delia Gillis, professor in the department of history, and a sponsorship from Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Traveling Exhibit.

“I’ve always wanted to bring a travel exhibit to campus, and we were able to get sponsorship,” Gillis said.

The exhibit will teach students about the history of Frederick Douglass in an artistic and creative way. Gillis said the exhibit will showcase music, artifacts, games and a photo wall with Frederick Douglass.

“I’m so excited that we will have an exhibit for two weeks and using it as a teaching tool outside of guest speakers and lectures,” Gillis said.

Elizabeth Ewell, sophomore and Gillis’ assistant, said Africana Studies did a lot of preparation for the exhibit.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, but it’s been a great experience,” Ewell said. “I hope people get more knowledge on Frederick Douglass and what him and other slaves had to go through to get to freedom, but also to learn and have a good time.”

Gillis said with the exhibit right around the corner, the Center of Africana Studies is filled with excitement, knowing that they are creating another learning space for students.

“Students will have an opportunity to reflect on Douglass’ contributions in America and how it impacts them today,” Gillis said. “Hopefully they’ll be inspired to make the changes in the world they believe.”

To schedule a tour, contact Gillis at dgillis@ucmo.edu.

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