845 N. Jefferson Ave.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture with Molly Mitchell of the Midlo Center at UNO on the Freedom on the Move Project on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Freedom on the Move (FOTM) is a collaborative online project housed at Cornell University devoted to “fugitives/self-liberators” from slavery in North America. The FOTM project enlisted the help of the public to create a database for tens of thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers seeking the recapture of self-liberating Africans and African Americans. The advertisements appeared in newspapers throughout the United States before the Civil War. Professor Mary Molly Mitchell of the University of New Orleans’s Midlo Center will talk about the project and invite the audience to get involved. Dr. Mitchell is one of the lead historians on the FOTM project. This program is free and open to the public.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with a new exhibition, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 26, 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.