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Contact: Andrea DeKoter, 315.568.0024
Seneca Falls, NY - Women's Rights National Historical Park is pleased to announce that it will show the History Channel documentary Voices of Civil Rights this Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, at 12 p.m.
Voices of Civil Rights presents the stories of individuals who experienced the civil rights era of the 1940s-60s. Their oral histories capture a powerful period in American history when thousands of people joined forces to battle for equal rights.
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."
Prior to the film showing on Saturday, February 25, visitors are invited to join Ranger David Malone for a special program in the park's Guntzel Theater at 11 a.m. Entitled "Fighting for their Freedom: African Americans in the Civil War," the program explores how African Americans participated in the war that ended slavery. Light refreshments will be served afterward.
Voices of Civil Rights is approximately 50 minutes long and intended for a general audience. All Winter Film Festival movies will be shown at 12 p.m. 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.