Exhibit on 1657 Flushing Remonstrance — Bill of Rights Precursor — Returns Apr. 10

Which elephant deserves to be poached? Not this one.

A powerful exhibit written and curated by Susan Kathryn Hefti — The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead for Us?, which was on display late last year for nearly two months at the Flushing Library — is returning, now hosted by Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, New York). A reception for the exhibit is set for Sat., Apr. 10, 2pm.

Produced by the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College here in New York City, the exhibit explores the roots of religious freedom in America and tells the dramatic story of what led up to the writing of the Flushing Remonstrance.

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It is a document written in 1657 in which citizens of the Dutch colony of New Netherland requested — demanded — an exemption to Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s ban on Quaker worship. It’s signers were not Quakers.

The history of the document, and its import with regard to critical questions of the American existence, is key to any understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Indeed, scholars continue to explore the impact that the document had on the American concept of religious freedom. For this special iteration of the exhibit, the installation at Flushing Town Hall will also include original artwork inspired by the theme of freedom and produced by 189 New York City art students under the direction of arts specialist Meri Ezratty.

The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead For Us? will be hosted by Flushing Town Hall through May 9. Suggested donation for attendance to the exhibit is $5 per person; members attend free of charge.

For press inquiries or more information, call Terri Osborne at 718-286-2669 or email [email protected].

Designed to travel, the exhibit panels – produced by the Holocaust Resource Center & Archives in NYC – tell the full dramatic story of what led up to the writing of the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance:

the historic petition which bluntly and courageously protested against New Amsterdam Director-General Petrus Stuyvesant’s

Scholars continue to explore the impact this 17th century document had on the American concept of religious freedom. For this special iteration of the exhibit, the installation at the Flushing Town Hall will also include original artwork inspired by the theme of freedom and produced by 189 NYC art students under the direction of arts specialist Meri Ezratty.
The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead For Us? will be hosted by the Flushing Town Hall through May 9, 2010. Suggested donation for attendance to the exhibit is $5 per person, Members attend free of charge.
The exhibit, The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead For Us?, which according to historian Dr. Arthur Flug finally “sets the record straight” on this little known yet important chapter in American history, received some pretty terrific press coverage on its first visit to NYC including this front page story in The Gazette and this one from The Whitestone Times. Who Shall Plead For Us? was even featured on NY1 TV News, an unusual coup for a NYC history exhibit!

We do hope you all get the chance to see Who Shall Plead For Us? during its return engagement where it will be hosted across the street from the historic Quaker Meeting House at the Flushing Town Hall.

Thanks for your interest in Who Shall Plead For Us?. We hope to see you all at the Opening Reception, 2pm, Saturday, April 10, 2010 at The Flushing Town Hall!

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