National Library of Medicine Traveling Museum Exhibition

We are thrilled to host the National Library of Medicine Traveling Museum Exhibition, "Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America" in the Learning Commons.

Meals can tell us how power is exchanged among different peoples, races, genders, and classes. In the Chesapeake region during the colonial era, European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native American, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition and to gain economic prosperity. Peer into life at George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation and the labor of enslaved workers to learn how meals transcend taste and sustenance.

The Exhibit is Open Saturday, January 20, and Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Location: Presentation High School, The Learning Commons
Exhibit Open to the Public: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Admission is FREE!

For inquiries or to request event recordings, please email Christine Jimenez at
Download the PDF flyer here.

Speaker Series

Saturday, January 20, 2024


Alessandra Harris - Black Catholic, Author, Writer & Speaker

See video recording here

Alessandra will be presenting on "The Legacy of Slavery & Call for Justice." Discussing how slavery was replaced with convict-leasing and racial terror lynchings. And that today, stereotypes about Black criminality and anti-Black racism have led to racial profiling, police brutality, and America having the largest incarcerated population in the history of the world.

Please be advised that this discussion may contain images that are sensitive and disturbing for younger children.

Read full bio here.

Event Agenda

10 a.m. Exhibit doors open - greetings from BSU student club members and library interns

10:40 a.m. Presentation Choir performance, Bella Voce and A Cappella

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Speaker Series with Alessandra Harris

Then, Q&A and Book Signing

Saturday, February 3, 2024


Kai Harris - Writer and Educator

See video recording here

Kai Harris is an educator and the award-winning author of "What the Fireflies Knew," known for using her voice to uplift the Black community through realistic fiction centered on the Black experience.

Pres Student Blanca Parada '25 will be leading an author and book discussion.

Read full bio here.

Event Agenda

10 a.m. Exhibit doors open

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Speaker Series with Kai Harris

Then, Q&A and Book Signing

*Fire and Freedom includes an education component with two K-12 lesson plans and a university module.