African American History Month

African American History Month

February 2015


Saturday February 1 – Friday February 28
Programs and times are subject to change during Presidents Day Weekend, February 15 – 17

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 exhibition 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.

FREE with regular museum admission. Admission is FREE on Monday, February 17, 2014 courtesy TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank

Daily Programs

Breaking Barriers Show
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Main Exhibit, Domestic Tranquility

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
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Main Exhibit, Domestic Tranquility

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
Available during regular museum hours
Pre-Show Gallery and Main Exhibition

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 copy of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • President Obama’s 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
  • A pen President Johnson used to sign the Voting Rights Act
  • An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision

Giant Game Board Activity
Grand Hall Overlook
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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Download February's Civics in Literature Lesson: African American History Month

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African American History Month at the National Constitution Center is sponsored by

TD Bank - America's Most Convenient Bank