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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
                                                                                                                          (609) 267-9660

DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017                                                                     Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                          (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                              


Freestanding Photo Panels on Display through Jan. 27

“Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America,” a traveling, freestanding photo-panel exhibit, will be on display in the Burlington County Library in Westampton through Jan. 27.

Developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, the exhibit uses George Washington’s Mount Vernon as a specific example of how meals reveal how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes.

“Fire and Freedom” looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity. It is through the labor of slaves, like those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, that we can learn how meals transcend taste and sustenance.

The six-banner “Fire and Freedom” exhibit began touring the United States in November 2016. For more information, contact or visit Burlington County Library is located at 5 Pioneer Boulevard off Woodlane Road in Westampton.  For more information, call (609) 267-9660 or visit

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with research assistance provided by the staff at The Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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