When we look back in time, we cannot know everything that happened in full detail. The historical record is rarely, if ever, complete. Yet when we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Are we creating fiction? Have we made history un-true? Or have we actually created a truth greater than mere fact?
1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. On a more human scale, lives were changed, too.
In 1961, US Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host four film discussion events based onCreated Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.