Mini Traveling Slavery Museum

Mini Traveling Slavery Museum

Shackles, locks of hair, clothing, slave tags, cotton bolls and currency of the Union states. These are just a few of the artifacts in the "Freedom Trunk," which will be on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art for area schoolchildren through Saturday.

Poster For a Slave Auction, 1829




Poster For a Slave Auction, 1829


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Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Freedom Trunk is a traveling "mini-museum" in a box. The artifacts, costumes, books, movies and art projects featured in the box put a human face on the brutal industry of slavery in America, which ended after a bloody Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865.



"The trunk is a wealth of material," explained Kieli Ferguson, educational sales manager at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since the center's creation of the traveling exhibit two years ago, the program "has become very popular. We have two trunks that are constantly traveling, mostly to schools."

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