Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to celebrate opening of new Civil War Exhibit

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

For more information contact:

Amber Bryant

Phone: 501-683-3636

[email protected]


Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to celebrate opening of new Civil War Exhibit

Little Rock, AR (November 4, 2014) – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will celebrate the grand opening of its most highly anticipated exhibition to date, “Freedom! Oh,Freedom!”Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866,with an Opening Reception from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Freedom!Oh,Freedom! tells the story of transformation fromthe African American perspective of the Civil War through the lens of slavery, the contributions of African American soldiers, and what happened through and after the Reconstruction Era in Arkansas.

In conjunction with the exhibit opening, the museum will unveil its 2014 Creativity Arkansas art collection. On view through the end of 2015, the collection features the works of nine artists, reflective of the various experiences of African Americans during the Civil War era and the effects of slavery and discrimination in the aftermath. The pieces capture the spirit of endurance,strength, and vitality of the enslaved Africans and their descendants; each created by African Americans with a connection to Arkansas,depicting,representing, or illustrating historical places, events, or people significant to the state’s black culture.

At the Opening Reception, the exhibit’s guest curator, Ronnie A. Nichols of North Potomac,Md., will be the featured speaker. A former director of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Nichols is a descendant of a black Civil War veteran and is a respected author, artist, genealogist and Civil War re-enactor.Additionally, there will be live music by Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers and the Philander Smith Collegiate Choir.

Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 501-683-3593.

The Freedom! Oh, Freedom! exhibitis sponsored in part by a grant from the Arkansas National and Cultural Resource Council and will run through Dec. 31,2015.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is located at 501 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5p.m. There is no cost for admittance.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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