Black History Month at the National Constitution Center

Posted by National Constitution Center on February 8, 2022

During the month of February, the National Constitution Center will honor the achievements and rich heritage of African Americans, and the impact their stories have had on constitutional history.

Ongoing events and activities for Black History Month will include:

  • Decoding the Document
    This workshop examines the Emancipation Proclamation and its historical legacy.
  • The Road to Freedom: The Story of Slavery in America Program
    This interactive program explores the story of slavery in the United States through a constitutional lens, taking visitors on a journey from the time of the Constitutional Convention to the start of the Civil War. It will spotlight historic figures—like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ona Judge, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Abraham Lincoln—and key events—such as the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott case, and the secession of the South.
  • “Four Harriets” Program
    Visitors can explore the lives of four American women—Harriet Robinson Scott, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, and Harriet Beecher Stowe—who confronted slavery through literature, lawsuits, and direct action in their efforts to free themselves and others from bondage.
  • Visitors can pick up a special Black History Month brochure designed to facilitate a self-guided tour of the main exhibit, focusing on rare artifacts.

Learn more and check out the virtual events and online resources.

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