(May 24, 2016) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced today that it will be open on Sundays throughout the summer, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning May 29. The museum will also be open to the public on Memorial Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The additional summer hours will provide the public with opportunities to engage in historical programming, tour permanent exhibitions and experience special exhibitions, including ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery
. The powerful exhibition, open now through August 31, features images by world-renown humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine that not only document the lives endured by slaves but also celebrate the freedom they never dreamed possible.
“We know the region welcomes visitors from across the country - and the globe - each summer, of all ages and backgrounds,” says Dr. Michael Battle, executive vice president and provost of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Our extended summer hours provide more opportunities to connect and engage with the history of the Underground Railroad.”
Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to see the founding documents of freedom, The Emancipation Proclamation
and The Thirteenth Amendment
, before the special exhibit closes on June 30. Both documents are on loan from David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s summer hours begin this Sunday, May 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., through Labor Day weekend. To learn more about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org