African American History Month

February, 2018

Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African-American history and test their knowledge of African-American history at the Constitution Center’s giant game board activity. Visitors will learn about the history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

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.


African American History Month programs and FREE admission to the Museum on February 19, 2018 are generously underwritten by TD Bank.

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