Changing America

Exhibit on view: November 5, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 will help public audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two great peoples’ movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation, and the March on Washington in 1963. One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, yet these two events are profoundly linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. Both events were the results of people demanding justice. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. In both we take inspiration from those who marched toward freedom.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Opening Reception

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s Changing America exhibit at Cape Fear Museum. Experience an uplifting selection of songs from the 1860s to the 1960s with the Williston Alumni Community Choir directed by Marva Robinson. Explore the exhibit to discover how the events 1863 and 1963, the Emancipation Proclamation and the March of Washington, are linked together in the larger story of liberty and the American experience.

The Williston Alumni Community Choir will perform from 3:30pm until approximately 4pm. Light refreshments will be served. Come early to preview the exhibit before the choir performs.

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