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Women's Rights National Historical Park to Show "Booker T. Washington: The Life and Legacy" as part of Winter Film Festival

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Date: February 6, 2012
Contact: Andrea DeKoter, 315.568.0024

Seneca Falls, NY - Women's Rights National Historical Park is pleased to announce that it will show the documentary Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy this Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, at 12 noon.

Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington became one of America's great educators and champions of civil rights. The film explores Washington's legacy and his role in leading the Tuskegee Institute, a school founded to educate newly freed people in the wake of the Civil War.

The film is being shown as part of Women's Rights National Historical Park's first Winter Film Festival. The park exists to commemorate and preserve the events of the First Women's Rights Convention that was held in Seneca Falls in 1848. "We are proud to be part of the National Park system, and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating our shared history and culture through film," said Superintendent Tammy Duchesne.

The park is also showing the film as part of its celebration of African American History Month. "The Declaration of Sentiments that was presented at the First Women's Rights Convention states that all men and women are created equal," said Duchesne. "We are inspired by the courage and sacrifice of those who dedicated themselves to this ideal and to the struggle for freedom and equality in our great country."

Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy is approximately 31 minutes long and intended for a general audience. All Winter Film Festival movies will be shown at noon on Fridays and Saturdays, November through April, in the Guntzel Theater, located at the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street in downtown Seneca Falls. Because film lengths vary, visitors are encouraged to call if they are interested in a particular showing. All park programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (315) 568-0024. You can also follow the park's social media sites for Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/womensrightsnps) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/WomensRightsNPS) to learn more about our upcoming events and programs.

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