On March 18, 2014, Secretary Vilsack recognized the 50th Anniversary Year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a proclamation encouraging the people of the United States to join him in celebrating the precious legacy of this historic legislation with appropriate observances and activities.
To that end, USDA has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History by displaying their traveling Freedom Riders exhibit on the Patio of USDA's Whitten Building located in Washington, D.C. beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014 through Wednesday, September 17, 2014. All USDA employees located within the Washington Metropolitan Area are encouraged to visit the exhibit upon its arrival which the Gilder Lehrman Institute describes as "a moveable museum that tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides with detailed narratives, vivid photos and newspaper clippings documenting this pivotal event." An online version of the exhibit is also available for viewing by all USDA employees located nationwide.
Documentary Film - Free Streaming provided by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Please note: The exhibit will be moved to a separate USDA event on September 10, 2014 and later returned where it will remain on display on the Patio through
September 17, 2014.
Freedom Riders is a traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Major funding for the traveling exhibition provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.