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Celebrate African American Heritage at Burritt

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate African American Heritage at Burritt on the Mountain

Saturday February 5, 10am-4pm

Bring your family to Burritt on The Mountain as we celebrate African American Heritage for Black History Month.  Events will include a quilt artist discussion and presentations about the history of Black education in our area, both in Rosenwald Schools and higher education.  Families can join us for hands-on activities in our replica 1918 Rosenwald Schoolhouse presented by Burritt Education Staff.  Families can also try the modern treasure hunt called geocaching using GPS technology as you learn about Dr. Gladys West, a brilliant mathematician and one of the first black female scientists to work for the US Navel Weapons Laboratory. Her pioneering work led to the development of our modern GPS system.

This event is included in regular Burritt admission or is free to Burritt members.

Schedule of Events

10:30 – Learn about Gladys West, GPS technology history, and find a geocache learning to use a GPS unit

11:30 – From Photos to Quilts Discussion with Artist Tiavalya Befecadu – Please see introduction below

1:00 – “A Place Called Oakwood: A historical look at a small university campus in Huntsville” by Raymond King the Director of Student Activities at Oakwood University for over 13 years.  He isn’t a native of Huntsville but considers himself a Huntsvillian.  He enjoys exploring everything the Huntsville has to offer, including volunteering at Burritt on the Mountain.

2:00 – Rosenwald School activities and history

3:00 – Learn about Gladys West, GPS technology history, and find a geocache learning to use a GPS unit

In 2017, Tiavalya Befecadu founded Tiavalya Photography LLC, a minority woman-owned small business. She provides premium quality photography and imaging services to families and clients in commercial, government, and non-profit organizations, specializing in corporate headshots, professional events, and executive branding. Tiavalya prides herself in delivering powerful and professional imagery.  She is also an award winning, third generation sewing enthusiast.  In 2020, Tiavalya began offering custom textile art quilts created from photographs.  The quilts are commissioned heirloom wall hangings made from high quality materials. Tiavalya is a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Rocket City Modern Quilt Guild.  Examples of her work feature Amanda Gorman, Aretha Franklin, Cicely Tyson, Henrietta Lacks, Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks, Stacey Abrams, St. John AME Church and a scene from the Color Purple.

*Please note that Burritt on the Mountain is requiring masks inside all buildings and outdoors where distancing can not be maintained.*


February 5
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Burritt on the Mountain
3101 Burritt Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35801 United States
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