Free with Museum Admission
Arrive on time and ready to learn! In conjunction with our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Living Historians portraying African American school teachers from the Reconstruction era welcome you to their ‘classroom’ all weekend long.
Practice lettering skills on a 19th-century writing slate, explore the books and other subjects taught at African American schools in New York, and learn about schools for and teachers of recently freed people in the South that increased their opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. After you’ve completed your lesson, find out how student work was graded 150 years ago!
Image: The Elementary Spelling Book, 1848, New-York Historical Society Library.