Freedom Center Highlights 50th Anniversary Year of Landmark Civil Rights Legislation

Power of the Vote Celebrates Voting Rights Act of 1965

CINCINNATI- In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced today the opening of Power of the Vote. The temporary exhibit explores and chronicles the history of voting rights in America from the Reconstruction Era to the Civil Rights Movement to present day.

Through stories and compelling images, Power of the Vote enhances the Freedom Center’s permanent exhibitions by providing visitors an opportunity to learn about a key inalienable right guaranteed to all – the right to vote – which today, more than ever, makes the United States unique. Power of the Vote seeks not only to educate the public about the progress made since Reconstruction but also to underscore the power one vote can have.

“This exhibit is so powerful because it not only educates, it inspires,” said Clarence G. Newsome, PhD, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “It serves as a timely reminder to current and future generations that the birthright of voting was not originally open to all – it was a hard fought right for African Americans and other minorities, a right that must be exercised responsibly and frequently.”

The most compelling piece featured in the exhibit, on loan from the Ohio History Connection, is an actual voting machine that was used in a Franklin County polling station in every general election from 1955 until 1994. Museum goers of all ages can experience how to cast a vote.

Power of the Vote opens to the public December 20, 2015 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. For more information visit