845 N. Jefferson Ave.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture with Carl Westmoreland, Senior Historian from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NUGRRFC) in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 10, 2019 at noon. The Freedom Center is the first institution in the nation dedicated to the secret network of escape where tens of thousands of people risk their lives in search of freedom. Many of these fugitives followed and crossed the Mississippi River through dangerous terrain into Free States. Westmoreland will share his fifty years of research about the Underground Railroad in a presentation entitled, Freedom on the Mississippi River.
Westmoreland was a key leader behind the creation of The Freedom Center and the curator
responsible for saving the slave pen that he discovered, restored, and had installed within the walls
of the museum. He was the first African American to serve on the National Trust for Historic
Preservation where he traveled the world speaking about preservation issues.
This is the first in a series of programs planned in conjunction with a new exhibition, Through
Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 25, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance
For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225)
336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through
Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845
N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.