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Finding Freedom tableau scene at the Museum depicting a British soldier of African descent trying to recruit a young boy of African descent to find freedom with the British army

Explore the continuing struggle for equality for all and join the Museum to mark the anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The date commemorates the day in 1865 when the abolition of slavery reached the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Texas.

Contactless Discovery Cart: James Forten
Onsite & Online | Daily
James Forten was a Black entrepreneur, veteran, and abolitionist who was born to free parents in 1766 in Philadelphia. Meet a Museum educator to view replica objects from the time Forten served on several privateer ships during the Revolutionary War as a young boy, before he became a wealthy sailmaker.

In-Gallery Talks: Finding Freedom Tableau
Onsite | Daily

Enjoy a 10-minute pop-up talk at the Finding Freedom tableau to learn how “sometimes, freedom wore a red coat” as enslaved people of African descent sought freedom on both sides of the war. Plus, explore the stories of African American men and women in war-torn Virginia with the Finding Freedom online interactive feature, adapted from the Museum's galleries.

Little Liberty Storytime
Onsite | Daily

Circle up and join Museum staff for a family-friendly storytime reading on the ongoing pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

First-Person Performance: Elizabeth Freeman
Online | Anytime

Watch the original first-person theatrical performance portraying the life and experiences of Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement and won. "Meet Elizabeth Freeman" stars Tiffany Bacon as Elizabeth Freeman and was written by Teresa Miller.

“Freedom on the Horizon” Performance by Nastassia Parker
Online | Anytime

Actress and historical interpreter Nastassia Parker portrays Ona Judge, a woman enslaved by George and Martha Washington who ran away from the Washington’s household in Philadelphia, in her 20-minute, one-woman theatrical piece, “Freedom on the Horizon.”

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James Forten Discovery Cart
 

James Forten Discovery Cart

View replica objects from the time James Forten, a free Revolutionary War veteran, wealthy sailmaker and prominent Philadelphia abolitionist, spent as a teenager at sea to learn more about his life.
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"Meet Elizabeth Freeman" Performance

Watch the original first-person theatrical performance portraying the life and experiences of Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement and won, produced in conjunction with our special exhibit, When Women Lost the Vote.
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"Freedom on the Horizon" Performed by Nastassia Parker

In this 20-minute performance, Nastassia Parker portrays Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from George and Martha Washington’s household in Philadelphia.
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