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Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission.


 The Life and Times of William Webb:


An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut


Saturday, January 19     2pm


Free with admission. Recommended for adults and students in grades 4 and up.


 “Listen, there is no more clanging; there are no more slave chains. I’m Free! Praise the Lord I’m Free!” Meet Private William Webb of the 29th Connecticut Volunteers, who fought in the American Civil War. Hear the old song that answers what our fight was all about: an opportunity and chance at freedom. Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library brings to life the story of William Webb.


 The Wednesday Music Club


Sunday, January 20     1:15pm


The Wednesday Music Club, in its 114th year performing and sharing music in the Greater Bridgeport Area, will share music and songs from the Civil War period.


 “Freedom Quilt” Family Workshop


Monday, January 21     10am – 12pm


Free with admission. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


 Drop in to create a “Freedom Quilt” collage, inspired by the themes of freedom and equality in the exhibit Free at Last of Civil Rights photographs.


 Freedom Riders Film Screening


Monday, January 21     2pm


Free with admission


 FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.


 The documentary from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson premiered on PBS in May, 2011 and is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

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