Students ages 13-18 are invited to enter a student art contest that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
"Expressions of Freedom" is sponsored by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund.
"The issue that was at the heart of the Civil War — the continual struggle for equality for all — remains relevant today," said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. "This contest encourages young people to reflect on their own personal meanings of freedom and creatively express those thoughts."
Contest submissions will be accepted in categories of photography, poetry and digital short films. The first-place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship. The second-place winner will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. Details are available at www.nps.gov/freedom.