Black women have long subverted racist and sexist policies and played important roles in the work of the United States military. This Veterans Day, join us via Zoom to talk about the military career of a legendary freedom fighter: Harriet Tubman. Learn about Tubman’s work as a nurse and spy, and her work leading soldiers at the 1863 Combahee River Raid, which liberated over 700 enslaved persons.
Did you know that most enslaved men and women who ran away to freedom relied largely on their own ingenuity and skills? Join us online as historical interpreters bring their stories to life. Learn how they navigated uncharted terrain, fed themselves, and found different modes of transport to freedom. Listen and learn a song about the perils of slavery that was often sung by formerly enslaved persons.
What is blackface, and why is it wrong? Learn about the long history of racist imagery in 19th and 20th century America with an age-appropriate online discussion of a difficult topic. After expanding your knowledge with Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight, engage in a conversation about how racist imagery continues to impact the lives of Americans—especially Black Americans. Then, work together with your family to combat this imagery. Activity details to be shared during the program.
In the early 20th century, women around the world were fighting for the right to vote. But Black women in the United States also had to battle systematic racism and white supremacist violence. Join us online and learn about individuals like Ida B. Wells and organizations like the National Association of Colored Women, which organized and protested for the rights and freedom of Black women in America. Explore their tactics and triumphs and make your own banner!
Do you have questions about slavery? Learn about the daily lives of enslaved people in New York City. Families will discover what they may have worn, where they would have traveled, who they would have seen, and what they would have been forced to endure right here in New York. After expanding your knowledge with Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight, engage in a conversation about how the legacy of slavery continues to impact America, especially the lives and freedoms of Black Americans today.
Want to be creative and learn about history? Join us for a virtual Living History program series via Zoom with our Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight as we explore the history of women and activism—whether it was the abolition of slavery, suffrage, or the 1960s civil rights movement. Log in for any one of the programs below or all four! See the schedule and Zoom registration details for each week below.
Living History @ Home: Join the Anti-slavery Fair!
Join us online! | Wednesday, July 15 | 1-2 pm Free; all ages
Want to be creative and learn about history? Join us for a virtual Living History program series via Zoom with our Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight as we explore the history and traditions of the Juneteenth celebrations. Log in for any one of the programs or all three! See the schedule and Zoom registration details for each week below.
Living History @ Home: What is Juneteenth?
Wednesday, June 10 | 1-2 pm Free; all ages