“Forward from Slavery”: Stories of the Underground Railroad, Buffalo Soldiers, and Rosenwald Schools
Celebrate African American history at Burritt on the Mountain
Saturday February 22, 2020 from 10:30am-3:30pm
The day will begin with our interactive Underground Railroad field trip presentation. Then learn about the Buffalo Soldiers that came to Huntsville October 1898. Learn how they became soldiers, what they ate, medical treatment, where they served around the world, and then meet a special Buffalo Soldier from the time. Finally spend some time in our Rosenwald School by experiencing a school day in 1918. Learn how our pledge of allegiance was said, then how they learned their lessons with no electricity, indoor plumbing, no heat, no air conditioning, and no computers. This will be a day of fun and learning you will not forget. Plan to spend the day or pick and choose to participate in some of the activities. This event is free to members or regular admissions rates apply.
The Underground Railroad had no tracks or train cars, but moved thousands of slaves from the South to freedom. Begin with a short introduction about slavery and the Underground Railroad. Follow the clues from one “safe” house to the next in our simulation. Hear the music from this era and learn its significance as you create a craft that will remind you of the methods these courageous individuals used to escape slavery and build new lives for themselves. Learn some of the exciting stories of the brave women and men who risked their lives to achieve freedom for themselves and for others. Join us to remember the courage and fortitude of escaping African American slaves and the dedicated people who helped them on their journey to freedom.
This program begins at 10:30 and the entire program takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Visitors may choose to do all the activities or a portion of them. This activity is suitable for children and adults.
Did you know Buffalo Soldiers came to Huntsville for 3 months in October 1898? Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? How did they get their name? Did they really fight in the Old West? Did they go to war? Why do park rangers where green hats? These questions and more will be addressed at a lecture in the church. The lecture and PowerPoint will begin at 12:30 and run 30 minutes, it is appropriate for adults and children. After the lecture there will be a 45 minute children’s presentation specifically about what the Buffalo Soldiers ate, their medical treatments, where the Buffalo Soldiers served around the world, and you get to meet a special Buffalo Soldier (William Cathay) from the time. This presentation is targeted to children but adults will enjoy it too! Visitors may choose to do all the activities or a portion of them.
Rosenwald School in 1918– Learn about Rosenwald Schools in the South. These schools were built during the early 20th century to provide educational opportunities to African American children in the rural south. They were built using seed money provided by Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears and Roebuck, who worked with Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute to develop this program that led to the improvement of the lives of thousands. Hear the fascinating story of this effort and experience part of a typical school day in our Rosenwald schoolroom. Say the 1918 Pledge of Allegiance, practice for the school spelling bee, experience reading, handwriting with nib pens and more. School will begin at 2:30 and last approximately 1 hour.