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The Senator John Heinz History Center has developed a micro site to feature its award winning exhibition project that chronicles the African experience in America and its manifestation of freedom in Pittsburgh and elsewhere. This site is an online version of a larger project that included an award winning exhibition, public programs, research, workshops, and education lessons and teachings. The project is named in dedication to the great historian, John Hope Franklin, and his seminal work, the nine editions of From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans first published in 1947. I first met Dr. Franklin when I invited him to be the keynote speaker celebrating the 25 anniversary of the African American Archives in Cleveland in 1995. I felt then as I do now that any work looking at a wide range of the African American experience should be embraced by Franklin the most dynamic and scholarly academic of my lifetime. With the blessing of his son, John W. Franklin, the Heinz History Center uses the title of its project to not only honor Franklin but also the thousands of Africans and African Americans on both sides of the Atlantic, spanning hundreds of years of struggle and triumph, and forever seeking a path to freedom.

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