HBO’s “Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives”
Documentary Presented at Palladium February 24, 2003

St. Petersburg, Florida (February 14, 2003) The Florida International Museum, HBO, and The Palladium Theater will host an evening dedicated to African American history. The event will feature a screening of the HBO Documentary, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. The video was created as part of AOL/Time Warner’s “Shared History” program, a national initiative endeavoring to engage the public with the nation’s history and its impact on contemporary life.

Unchained Memories was produced in association with the Library of Congress, home of the Slave Narrative Collection. The Collection consists of interviews conducted in the 1930’s by journalists and writers assigned by the federal government’s Works Progress Administration to record and document the memories of the last generation of African Americans born into slavery. The film is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and features readings by Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Ossie Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jasmine Guy, Robert Guillaume, Vanessa L. Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and others.

Unchained Memories is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested to assure adequate seating. The documentary will be presented at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, at The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg. Please contact The Palladium Theater box office, Tuesday -Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., 727-822-3590, ext.5.

Immediately following the documentary, there will be a short musical presentation by The Nesbitts of the New Philadelphia Community Church of St. Petersburg.

Florida International Museum is the permanent home of the John F. Kennedy Collection and through Fall 2003, The Cuban Missile Crisis: When The Cold War Got Hot. FIM is currently hosting the North American debut of Mystique of the Motorcycle, a display of 83 rare and classic motorcycles from the world-class Trev Deeley Motorcycle collection, through April 27. Recently opened is Art For the People: Soviet Realism, portraits and genre paintings from many of the former USSR republics during the Soviet era, through April 30, 2003.

Admission for all exhibits is $12 for adults, $11 for college students and seniors 65+, $6 for students. Children under 6 are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Last entry to the museum is at 4 p.m. daily.

For more information please contact the Florida International Museum at 727-822-3693 or visit www.floridamuseum.org.

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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.