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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT: Patricia Parente
DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014       (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081

BURLCO LIBRARY OFFERS FREE SCREENING OF “THE ABOLITIONISTS”
Documentary Film to be shown Sun., Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the documentary film “The Abolitionists” at the Burlington County Library in Westampton on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The film will be shown in the library’s new 250-seat auditorium and a discussion with a representative from the John Woolman Memorial Association will follow. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” programming is made possible through a grant to the BCLS from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

“The Abolitionists” brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery by introducing five leaders of the anti-slavery movement: New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; former slave, author and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential “Uncle Tom's Cabin;” and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

The John Woolman Memorial Association operates a historic house in Mount Holly on the site of the early abolitionist’s former apple orchard. The organization is dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and memory of Woolman, who was also a merchant, tailor, journalist and itinerant Quaker preacher.
Registration for this program is encouraged, but not required. For more information, call (609) 267-9660 or go to www.bcls.lib.nj.us

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