Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman’s Cemetery
Next date: December 12
Start date: Monday, May 31, 2010
Next date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
On April 29, 1869, Sam Eakins purchased the first acre of land to become Freedman’s Cemetery, creating for his fellow African Americans a place of their own to rest in peace. Though emancipation brought an end to slavery, racism and segregation forced these men and women to forge a community of their own in an area called Freedmantown, that would be known later as North Dallas.
Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman’s Cemetery presents artifacts, reconstructs their historical and cultural context, and seeks to bring clarity to the fragmented history of Dallas. Public and private collections are presented in different thematic areas including Slavery, Emancipation Reconstruction, Education and Health & Medicine among others. Vintage photographs, ephemera and archival documents, combined with interactive video kiosks contribute to an understanding of the experiences of people who lived and worked in this community.
Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman’s Cemetery is a testament to the pioneering spirit of the people who created a community of their own and succeeded despite great adversity.
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- Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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