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Press Release - Free National Films Showing at North Dakota Heritage Center

Contact: Erik Holland, Education Curator

Free National Films Showing at North Dakota Heritage Center

BISMARCK, ND—The public is invited to attend a free showing of The Loving Story on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. as the second of a series of national films about the civil rights movement showing at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

A 2013 winner of the George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy Award, this documentary film tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, a 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

The Loving Story is one of four films produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History illustrating the civil rights movement and encouraging public conversation about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The State Historical Society of North Dakota received a grant to show these films in the state.

Additional films include Freedom Riders, showing on April 26 at 2 p.m. The Abolitionists, a three-hour film, will be shown in one-hour parts with community discussions on May 17, 24 and 31 at 2 p.m. All are free to the public and will be shown in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage Center.

For more information, visit or contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792 or

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