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Pin Drive Contest

November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

November 15, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Got old photos? Put them on our map for a free DVD!

This fall, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been building the Abolitionist Map of America — an interactive map that integrates the history presented in the upcoming documentary The Abolitionists (premiering January 8, 15 & 22nd on PBS) with the present-day life of American cities. We have partnered with dozens of organizations across the country to pin geo-tagged photos, videos, audio files, and documents that are relevant to the abolitionist movement all across America, and now we want you to participate in the pinning too!

From Monday, November 26 through Monday, December 3, we are holding a Pin Drive Contest. Whoever can pin as many complete photos, videos, and/or audio clips to the map will take home the prize – a free DVD copy of The Abolitionists! (Complete pins will include a title, description, location, and date. For more information on what we think is ideal content for the map, check out our how-to guide.)

Do you have anything related to the abolitionist movement in your back yard? In your neighborhood? I just found out a few days ago that one of my friend’s homes was the meetingplace for a local female anti-slavery society. The Connecticut house that my colleague grew up in had a tunnel in the basement wall that went out under the road — it was rumored to be used in the Underground Railroad. What’s your story?

It’s time to bring those boxes of old photographs down from the attic. It is time to create some videos with your phone or iPad. Pin as many as you can to the map, and help us tell the story of the abolitionist movement in your town or city. Pinning to the map takes only ten minutes.

How many items can you pin? To start pinning your history to the map, visit

By participating in the Pin Drive Contest, you agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Casey is the Special Projects Assistant for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

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