Freedom Center highlights the power of music

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A group of summer camp students are exploring the role of music in social change by painting a piano for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The students, who attend the Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine, began painting Tuesday and continued Thursday morning.

When finished, the image will show two children - one African-American and one Caucasian -sitting side by side and listening to the same song on an iPod. The artwork means to show a common ground and equality between the two children.

A total of six pianos like the Peaslee one will be painted as part of a new exhibit at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center entitled "Music of Change: Hymns, Blues and Rock."

The exhibit, which runs from June 23 to September 22, will highlight how music helps people to overcome social inequalities.

Freedom Center Marketing Director Eric Higgs says he hopes the exhibit inspires people to take creative steps towards social change.

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