National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Celebrates the Legacy of the Late B.B. King

. May 29, 2015

Lucille on Display This Weekend in the Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery

CINCINNATI, OH – In honor of the late B.B. King, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will display one of his signature, Gibson Lucille guitars this weekend in the Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery. Fans of the late blues legend who are unable to attend his memorial service in Mississippi will be able to pay their respects and view Lucille Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Freedom Center is honoring the late blues legend by displaying a signed "Lucille" guitar this weekend. CREDIT: NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

The Freedom Center is honoring the late blues legend by displaying a signed “Lucille” guitar this weekend. CREDIT: NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER

Lucille was signed by the late B.B. King and donated to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It is part of the museum’s permanent collection. The Gibson was last on display in 2012 for the Music of Change exhibition. Lucille will be showcased on the third floor in the Everyday Freedom Heroes gallery, across from the special exhibition highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Power of the Vote.

As a young man growing up in the segregated South to a family of sharecroppers, B.B. King was passionate about civil rights. Through his powerful, soulful music, B.B. King brought the Blues genre and a segment of the African American experience to mainstream America. His music and legacy will continue to touch the hearts of future generations and help shape conversations about the Black experience in America.
Lucille will be on display Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery. For more information on special exhibitions and seasonal hours visit http://freedomcenter.org/visit/plan-your-visit

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