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The Abolitionists

January 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


As part of our co-hosted series of programming, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” the Fanwood Memorial Library & the Scotch Plains Public Library will be screening the film: The Abolitionists.

A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans held in bondage, at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the United States. Produced and directed by Rob Rapley. Sharon Grimberg, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

The Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library have received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History along with 473 other communities nation-wide to present a series of programming called Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This series is also supported in part by the Friends groups of both the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library.

The NEH’s Created Equal project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The four films that anchor this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.

Along with multiple screenings of all four film and discussions about them at both libraries, events will also include some very special community conversations, lectures, concerts, book discussions and more. Details about all of the screenings and other programs in the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series are available at: www.thejointlibrary.org/createdequal/


The Fanwood Memorial Library fosters the joy of reading, the spirit of exploration, and the opportunity for personal transformation for all ages and cultures in its role as a community hub, a gateway to electronic information, and a refuge in emergencies. We offer the space, materials, and services that residents of all ages and abilities require to grow and connect to each other and the world. The library has been serving the community since 1903, and now continues its track-record of excellent library services into the 21st century.


January 15, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 United States
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