The National Liberty Museum provides workshops and seminars to train educators in dealing with all forms of bigotry and violence. Teachers and students from over 1000 classrooms, including Parochial and Muslim schools, have toured the Museum’s eight galleries of exhibits, art and interactives to gain a greater acceptance of diversity and a renewed appreciation for the concept of freedom.
Among the exhibits that are specifically geared to defusing anti-Semitism is Concentration Camp in the “Coming to America” gallery. We present visitors with the historical truth about the events of the first century leading to the crucifixion.
“For many centuries, the Jewish people of Europe were either expelled or murdered in the countries of their birth based on their ancestors being falsely accused for the crucifixion of Jesus 2000 years ago. In fact, their nation had been conquered by Romans, and it was these invaders who crucified thousands of Jews, including Jesus.”
Another gallery which deals with religious intolerance is “Voyage to Liberty Though Faith” on the fourth floor. Here, we address the concept of the “Separation of Church and State” upon which our nation was founded.
An exhibit featuring a commissioned painting of George Washington reflects our first President’s unwaivering commitment to religious freedom. After visiting the Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island in 1790, Washington wrote the following:
“The government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”