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New Traveling Exhibit to be Unveiled at Niagara Falls Public Library

Exhibit details the work of Dr. Platt Skinner who operated a school for African-American children with disabilities in Niagara Falls before the Civil War

What: Museum of disABILITY History Unveils New Traveling Exhibit, Dr. Skinner: Disability Educator, Advocate and Abolitionist

When: Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Where: Niagara Falls Public Library, Earl W. Brydges Building 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY.

The interpretive exhibit immerses visitors in the experiences of Dr. Platt Skinner’s struggle for abolition in Niagara Falls, NY. Dr. Skinner established a school for African-American children with disabilities in the shadow of the suspension bridge in 1860. The exhibit, produced through a generous grant from the Niagara Falls Area National Heritage District, will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images.

The Niagara Falls Public Library is serving as the first host for the Museum of disABILITY's new traveling exhibit detailing the life and work of Dr. Platt Skinner. Speakers at the event include: James M. Boles, EdD, founder of the Museum of disABILITY History and author of Dr. Skinner’s Remarkable School for Colored Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Children 1857-1860 and They Did No Harm: Alternative Medicine in Niagara Falls, NY, 1830-1930, and Sara Capen, executive director, Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.

Established in 1998, the Museum of disABILITY History is the only one of its kind in the United States and is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. The Museum’s exhibits, collections, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery.

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