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September 2016

Exhibit Reception – Purchased Lives

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
State of Tennessee Gallery,
450 Mulberry
Memphis, 38103 United States
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“Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865” includes more than 75 original items, including period broadsides, paintings and prints illustrating the domestic slave trade, ship manifests and first-person accounts from slave narratives and oral histories.

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Book & Author Series: Blood Brothers

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ford Motor Company Theatre,
450 Mulberry
Memphi, TN 38103 United States
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Blood Brothers is the story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a black athlete in America—after Malcolm first enlightened him. An extraordinary narrative of love and deep affection, as well as deceit, betrayal, and violence, this story is a window into the public and private lives of two of our greatest national icons, and the tumultuous period in American history that they helped to shape.

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Purchased Lives Exhibit Talk with Joshua Rothman

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ford Motor Company Theatre,
450 Mulberry
Memphi, TN 38103 United States
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Amidst the proliferation of recent scholarship on the slave trade, the lives of slave traders themselves remain largely a mystery.

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Purchased Lives Teacher’s Workshop

September 30 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Links Education & Cultural Center,
450 Mulberry
Memphis, 38103 United States
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This one-day professional development workshop for educators of grades 7–12 will begin with an in-depth discussion of the America and the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865. The workshop will wrap up with a lecture and an open forum discussion on effective teaching about human rights, enslavement, resistance, and controversy.

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October 2016

Freedom Award Student Forum

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church,
70 N. Bellevue
Memphis, TN 38104 United States
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This program allows students and educators of the Memphis community the opportunity to hear from this year's Freedom Award honorees and leaders in the struggle for civil rights. The Student Forum is the opening event for the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award celebration.

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25th Freedom Award Ceremony

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cannon Center for Performing Arts,
255 N. Main
Memphis, 38103 United States
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A ceremony that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to civil and human rights in America and abroad, the Freedom Award also honors a new generation of leaders who embrace justice, equality and opportunity and have made an impact on society early in their careers.

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November 2016

Purchased Lives Exhibit Talk with Stephanie Jones-Rogers

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ford Motor Company Theatre,
450 Mulberry
Memphi, TN 38103 United States
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Using the testimony of formerly enslaved individuals, Jones-Rogers explores white women’s economic relationships to slavery and the slave trade.

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