African Burial Ground National Monument Hosts Special Programs for Black History Month


The African Burial Ground National Monument has announced its Special Programs for Black History Month 2013. Details below!

February 1-28, 2013 Public Flower Laying: Honoring the Ancestors
9-4PM Members of the public are invited to lay flowers on the burial mounds at the memorial throughout Black History Month.

Thursday, February 7, 2013: Special Tour of Commemorative Art
Noon Reflections of Honor and Glory - Join a park ranger for a breathtaking tour of artwork that depicts and celebrates the lives of Africans and African descendants buried in the African Burial Ground.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013: African Burial Ground National Monument Film Series
11AM Freedom's Sisters (21 minutes, Courtesy of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services) - Learn the stories of 20 extraordinary women like Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Shabazz, and Coretta Scott King who helped to pave the way for civil rights in America.

2PM Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy (31.30 minutes) - Born enslaved, Booker T. Washington would become an educator and great orator. He founded Tuskegee Institute which was established to educate newly freed people after the American Civil War.

Thursday, February 14, 2013: Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration
10-4PM Quotes made by Frederick Douglass will be read by staff throughout the day.

11AM Underground Railroad (30 minutes) - This movie demonstrates how a network of secretive routes and abolitionists assisted runaways to gain their freedom from bondage.

Noon Nana Kimati Dinizulu featuring his Grits and Cornbread Ensemble - Internationally renown African percussionist Nana Kimati Dinizulu and his ensemble will perform a musical tribute to Frederick Douglass. Visitors will hear traditional instruments from Africa and its diaspora along with contemporary western instruments; and, the performance will feature some African American endangered musical instruments such as the diddley bow, one string jitterbug, and the jug which are rare instruments found in black culture in the United States of America.