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Partygoers glimpse American history at DFW nonprofit's pop-up event

Partygoers glimpse American history at DFW nonprofit's pop-up event

Abigail Ours, Alicia Bush, Kelly Singleton
Abigail Ours, Alicia Bush, Kelly Singleton  Photo by Dana Driensky
Sam Renz, Kate Renz
Sam Renz, Kate Renz Photo by Dana Driensky
Reggi Kemp, Yolander Thomas
Reggi Kemp, Yolander Thomas Photo by Dana Driensky
Hall of Presidents, MercuryOne
The Hall of Presidents Photo by Dana Driensky
Molly Nolan, Brandon Deshong
Molly Nolan, Brandon Deshong Photo by Dana Driensky
Jim Bridgeman, Chris Charlton, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Executive Director, Mercury One,  Kevin Dahlberg
Jim Bridgeman, Chris Charlton, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Kevin Dahlberg  Photo by Dana Driensky
Jason Buttrill, Estela Buttrill
Jason Buttrill, Estela Buttrill  Photo by Dana Driensky
Matt Payne, Kari Payne
Matt Payne, Kari Payne  Photo by Dana Driensky
Cheryl Barton, David Barton
Cheryl Barton, David Barton Photo by Dana Driensky
Michael Little, Christopher Knipp
Michael Little, Christopher Knipp Photo by Dana Driensky
Abigail Ours, Alicia Bush, Kelly Singleton
Sam Renz, Kate Renz
Reggi Kemp, Yolander Thomas
Hall of Presidents, MercuryOne
Molly Nolan, Brandon Deshong
Jim Bridgeman, Chris Charlton, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Executive Director, Mercury One,  Kevin Dahlberg
Jason Buttrill, Estela Buttrill
Matt Payne, Kari Payne
Cheryl Barton, David Barton
Michael Little, Christopher Knipp

What: VIP reception for "12 Score & 3 Years Ago: The Unfinished Promise of Unity" pop-up exhibit

Where: Mercury One studios in Irving

The 411: Mercury One hosted a VIP sneak-peek of its current special exhibition for the nonprofit's avid patrons and supporters on June 26. "12 Score & 3 Years Ago" is an immersive, pop-up museum exploring slavery and abolition, celebrating the lives of black heroes and innovators in the United States.

The exhibit showcases more than 100 artifacts, photographs, and historical documents, including original documents from Abraham Lincoln. There are also five eye-opening augmented reality experiences and educational tools that provide a fascinating insight into both American history and the problem of modern-day slavery around the world.

At the VIP party, Mercury One’s executive director, Suzanne Bock Grishman, welcomed guests, and COO Michael Little announced exciting partnerships for "12 Score" with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the Dallas Historical Society, and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture.

While guests enjoyed refreshments and drinks, Mercury One founder Glenn Beck explained how the exhibit probes the Founding Fathers’ unfinished pledge of freedom in the modern American landscape. “We have to learn from our history so we can get better… The day we truly live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence, it’s time for a new mission statement," he told the crowd. "But that is so hard to do that no man or society has ever come close. We need to strive for that.”

The exhibit runs through July 7. Learn more about Mercury One and the exhibit by visiting its website

Who: Abigail Ours, Alicia Bush, Kelly SingletonJim Bridgeman, Chris Charlton, Kevin DahlbergMolly Nolan, Brandon DeshongJason Buttrill, Estela ButtrillSam Renz, Kate RenzMatt Payne, Kari PayneReggi Kemp, Yolander Thomas, and Christopher Knipp.