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Freedom Riders

On display through April 16, 2014

The saga of the Freedom Rides is an empowering story of courage and commitment.  Despite two US Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel, racial integration was forbidden by law and custom in much of the Deep South.  Inspired by visions of social revolution, the self-proclaimed "Freedom Riders" challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act - traveling together in small interracial groups, and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains.  Their courage and sacrifice over eight months in 1961 changed America forever.

Presented courtesy of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


The Long March

On display through May 2, 2014

Herbert Block (1909-2001), the political cartoonist better known as "Herblock," became the most honored cartoonist of his time, winning three Pulitzer Prizes, and sharing a fourth for his Watergate cartoons which contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  He took on causes with courage and conviction, coined the phrase "McCarthyism," forced reform, and became the most influential and enduring political cartoonist in American history.  The Civil Rights Movement was one of Herblock's chief concerns.  His cartoons show us who we were as Americans, as well as the lessons to be learned from the Civil Rights Movement.

Presented courtesy of The Herb Block Foundation.


Remembering T. Canby Jones

Extended! On display through May 2, 2014

This small exhibit is dedicated to our dear f/Friend T. Canby Jones, who passed away in mid-February.  A respected Quaker theologian, author, and teacher, the photographs, books, and pieces on display are our way of remembering Canby's life-long commitment to Quakerism and Wilmington College.

Also on display: A Quaker Journey Story

In 1828, the Walthall family, Quaker ancestors of Meriam Hare, decided to leave their home in Gravely Run, Virginia, and journey to Ohio.  In the late 1880s, almost 60 years after their journey, William Walthall recalled the trip he experienced as a child in his memoir.  Experience their journey through the words of William Walthall and the treasures of the Walthall family.

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On display January 8 through December 12, 2014

Gallery Hours through May 2:

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 and 26, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
April 21 through April 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.