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Celebrate National Preservation Month with a very special Rotunda Rendezvous from the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee and the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford! Gather with us virtually “under the dome” at these two sites of American democracy to hear our unique stories and common themes. After extensive preservation projects, both former Capitol buildings opened as museums that provide civic education experiences for all ages today.
To participate in this special program, visit the Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/456553712083543, click “Going” and you will be sent a reminder when we are ready to go live.
This program reflects the content of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street’s Voices and Votes: Democracy in America exhibit brought to you by Florida Humanities. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
On May 20, Florida Emancipation Day, honor the past and look to the future in a virtual conversation about Florida’s history of slavery, civil rights and the meaning of freedom today. Florida Emancipation Day recognizes the first announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Leon County, Florida. The journey toward freedom that began 156 years ago continues today in our community. Across the years and across the state, a panel of historians will guide attendees to think about how we have and will continue to stretch towards freedom.
From Union General McCook’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to local lunch counter sit-ins led by Patricia Stephens Due in the mid-1960s, Leon County has been home to many vital moments in the stretch towards freedom that mirror the greater struggles of Black citizens across the state and country. In recognition of this state-wide history, Leon County Government is dedicated to continuing education and conversation on this topic through its Created Equal programming. Join Leon County Government, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum for the sixth annual “Created Equal: Stretching Towards Freedom, A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day” on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to attend Created Equal: www.LeonCountyFl.gov/CreatedEqual.
This program is supported by Florida Humanities.