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The exhibit showcases more than 100 artifacts, photographs, and historical documents, including original documents from Abraham Lincoln.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 Singleton, Jim Bridgeman, Chris Charlton, Kevin Dahlberg, Molly Nolan, Brandon Deshong, Jason Buttrill, Estela Buttrill, Sam Renz, Kate Renz, Matt Payne, Kari Payne, Reggi Kemp, Yolander Thomas, and Christopher Knipp.