Shaker Village opening People of Color exhibit at South Union
By Rebekah Brummett

Posted on February 8, 2018 11:54 AM

South Union Shaker Village is hosting a reception for the opening of “Dictates of Conscience and Feelings of Humanity” People of Color at South Union, 1807-1860.

This new exhibit explores the lives of enslaved individuals and free people of color who lived and worked at South Union during the first half of the nineteenth century. The exhibit takes a revealing and never before seen look at the men and women of color who dedicated their lives to the Society as well as those who chose to pursue life apart from the village.

Rare artifacts include an oval box belonging to Sister Hannah Freehart, a formerly enslaved woman and Society member, and the original 1830 Church Covenant featuring the signatures of many members of color.

“We were thrilled to discover so much documentary evidence relating to the men, women, and children of color who were a part of South Union in one way or another prior to the Civil War. Their stories are compelling and we are pleased to bring them to the forefront in this exhibit,” says Tommy Hines, Executive Director.

Sponsors include Walmart Foundation and Logan County Tourist and Convention Commission.

Who: South Union Shaker Village

What: Opening Reception for “Dictates of Conscience & Feelings of Humanity” People of Color at South Union, 1807-1860                      

Where: South Union Shaker Village

             850 Shaker Museum Road

             Auburn, KY 42206

When: Sunday, February 18

            2:00pm to 4:00pm

            Remarks at 2:30pm

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