African American History Month

February, 2017

Visitors to the National Constitution Center this February can experience a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Explore the Museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African-American history. During daily interactive programs, visitors can learn about the lives of African-American leaders, the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation, and more.

African American History Month and FREE ADMISSION on Presidents Day, February 20, 2017 is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.

Breaking Barriers Show

The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout American history—providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual’s civic actions can impact a nation.

Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop

Take a closer look at the museum’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn more about its history, the history of the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

African American History Self-Guided Tour

Pick up a handy flier at our Information Desk to take a self-guided museum tour highlighting important moments in African-American history. Featuring:

  • Our rare, signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation
  • President Obama inauguration artifacts
  • The American National Tree, featuring influential African-Americans including Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ward Connerly, and 2012 Liberty Medal winner Muhammad Ali
  • An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision

Giant Game Board Activity

As part of our interactive daily programming in February, test your knowledge of African-American history at our Giant Game Board.

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