September 12, 2016

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Exhibit opens Sept. 17 at Deutschheim State Historic Site

An exhibit about early German immigrants’ strong anti-slavery beliefs will be available to the public Sept. 17-18 at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann. The free exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the site’s visitor center and is presented as a part of the annual Hermann Heritage Days celebration.

The exhibit, German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri, showcases the contributions of 19th century German immigrants in the fight against slavery in Missouri. The passionate anti-slavery beliefs of many German immigrants originated in part from their experiences as idealistic revolutionaries in their homeland. Once they arrived in America, many Germans were distraught by the fact that slavery was a legal and accepted practice in Missouri.

The visitor center at Deutschheim State Historic Site is located at 107 W. Second Street in Hermann. For more information, contact the site at 573-486-2200. Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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