Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Thursday, February 7, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Unexampled Courage: Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Judge J. Waties Waring and
President Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 7, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

On February 12, 1946, decorated African-American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard was in uniform when he was removed from a bus, beaten and blinded, just hours after he had been honorably discharged. When news got to President Harry S. Truman in the White House, he was outraged. "My very stomach turned over when I learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of Army trucks in Mississippi and beaten," he said.

The incident with Sgt. Woodard served as a turning point for President Truman, leading him to establish the first presidential commission on civil rights, with his Justice Department filing criminal charges against the police officer who beat Sgt. Woodard. An all-white jury ended up acquitting the police officer, but the presiding judge, J. Waties Waring, was conscience-stricken and began issuing major civil rights decisions from his South Carolina courtroom. Join us for a public program featuring Federal District Judge Richard Gergel, who currently presides in the same courthouse where Judge Waring once served and is author of Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring.



Permanent Museum Exhibits:

Ongoing Programming:

Talkin’ Truman: Gain insight into the life & times of Harry Truman with Truman Library archivists and curators. Each program features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the museum's rich collections organized around specific themes or stories.
Talkin’ Truman programs are offered on the first Friday of the month, May through September, at 11 a.m. and are included in Museum admission.

White Glove Wednesdays: Learn about some of the rare artifacts housed at the presidential library, as well as how they came to be part of the Truman Library collection. White Glove Wednesdays are offered 11 - 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday, May through September.
Feature Film:

Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972 Narrated by David McCullough

Daily Show Times: Hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This 45-minute film by Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim examines Truman's life, from his humble birth in Lamar, Missouri, to the courtship of his wife, Bess Wallace, his service in World War I, his entry into local politics under "Boss" Tom Pendergast, his election to the U.S. Senate, and his rise to the Presidency.

Museum Store:

Pay no admission to browse the Museum Store for unique keepsakes and gifts.