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Free showing of "Freedom Riders"

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The Evansville African American Museum and Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library are teaming up for a free event Tuesday in downtown Evansville.

They're showing the documentary "Freedom Riders" at Central Library. 

The film looks back at several months in 1961 that changed America forever. 

During that time, several hundred people, black and white, came together to see an end to segregation on buses and trains in the Deep South.  Many were jailed or beaten.

The documentary features interviews with some of the Freedom Riders, as well as government officials and journalists who witnessed the Freedom Rides.

Before the film is shown, the University of Southern Indiana's gospel choir Designed by Grace will perform.

After the showing, Reverend Gerald Arnold and Mattie Miller will talk about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement.

The event begins at 6 p.m.  It's in Browning Event Room B at Central Library and is free and open to the public.

A traveling Freedom Riders exhibit was originally set to open at the Evansville African American Museum this week as well.  It is still coming, just later than expected.

The Museum says it will now be on display from May 24th until June 27th.

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