Anne Frank Memorial looking to expand with Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights

Posted at 7:26 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 21:26:07-04

The Wassmuth Center for Human rights is hoping to expand its outreach with the Anne Frank Memorial even farther with the addition of the Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights.

The original Anne Frank Memorial was dedicated back in 2002 and funded entirely by the community.

"Now with the addition of the classroom, it too is being funded by individuals, businesses, and foundations who really want to add to that story," explained Dan Prinzing, Executive Director of the Wassmuth Center.

They said the memorial has always been used as a classroom to tell the stories of injustice of our world, but with the addition, it will advance education.

"The addition of the Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights gives us a roof, a shelter with seating for 30-35, but it also allows us to bring in technology and additional educational content," said Prinzing.

They said this time the message the classroom will send will be louder and clearer than ever, but it also seeks to tell the story of Idaho's history of human rights.

"For Native Americans, for African Americans, Latinos, Chinese, Japanese, refugees, people with disables, and the LGBT community," said Prinzing.

But they said it's not all about the tragedies that our state has felt. It will also celebrate the triumphs.

"We also have a state that we have a lot to be proud of, where we have been able to confront hate, where we have been able to confront discrimination," explained Prinzing.

They hope with the new addition, we can work on being better as humans by spreading the stories of injustice to ensure history never repeats itself. 

"What can you or I do to interrupt the spiral of injustice. Well that's what the new content helps to showcase," said Prinzing.