West Baton Rouge Museum to air ‘The Abolitionists’ for MLK Day, Jan 18

On Monday, Jan. 18, a day when many institutions will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, West Baton Rouge Museum will be open with free admission, 10am – 4:30pm.

Visitors are welcome to a screening of the documentary, “The Abolitionists” at 10:30 a.m. that day.

“The Abolitionists” is a documentary that focuses on the 19th century abolitionist struggle that has been noted as America’s first Civil Rights struggle. Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. The documentary was made available to the West Baton Rouge Museum as part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series, a Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s Civil Rights history.

The public is invited to visit the last day of the exhibition, “The Portrait, The Artist, and the Patron: 19th Century Portraiture.”

This exhibit, features masterworks from the Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State Museum, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum, as well as private collections, and includes American and European artists such as Thomas Sully, Jean Joseph Vaudechamps, Jacques Amans, Adolph Rinck, Jules Lion, George Harrison Hite, and George Peter Alexander Healy. Photography from the 19th century is also included in the exhibit. The 19th century photographed portraits emulate the style and composition of the painted portraits, which became increasingly important to families with the outbreak of the American Civil War.

West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

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