Fairfield Museum to co-host interfaith celebration

Fairfield Museum and History Center will co-host “Let Freedom Ring! Jubilee Celebration,” a special interfaith service and reception with the Fairfield Clergy Association on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m.
The service will offer a belated commemoration of the original Jubilee Day, 150 years ago on Jan. 1, 1863, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enacted by President Abraham Lincoln, according to Michael Jehle, executive director of the museum.
“This memorable, free event, involving area synagogues and churches, will be open to the entire community and will include readings, songs and prayers for freedom, based on the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights,” Jehle said. “Our signature exhibition, ‘Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation,’ will be open to visitors that day and includes rare signed copies of the Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, which was the basis for the new movie ‘Lincoln.’”
The museum is offering a discount to visitors who have seen “Lincoln” and bring their ticket stubs. In relationship to the movie, the overall focus of “Promise of Freedom,” which will be open through Feb. 24, is on the history of slavery and how Lincoln’s declaration that eventually freed more than four million Americans from bondage, Jehle added.
The exhibition also features paintings and artifacts that narrate this decisive moment in the quest for human freedom. Iconic photographs from the modern civil rights movement show how the struggle for equality continued for more than 100 years after emancipation.

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