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Celebrate Black History Month at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

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Date: February 14, 2014
Contact: Jenna Todoroff, 636-530-1235

In celebration of Black History Month, throughout February the National Park Service is hosting commemorative ranger programs, special events and film screenings that spotlight the historic contributions of African-Americans who shaped the history of the United States. All programs are free and open to the public.

"Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom in the Old Courthouse, which is part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial," said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "we invite visitors to take a step back in time to 19th and 20th centuries to learn the heritage, and celebrate the courage and achievements of African-Americans throughout history."

Schedule of Events

Black History Month Film Series at the Old Courthouse: Films run on the 1/2 hour from from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The film Dred Scott: Freedom on Trial will show at the top of every hour from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
February 1-7  Frederick Douglass: An American Life
February 8-14  Booker T. Washington: Looking to Learn
February 15-21   Carver: Man of Vision
February 22-28 Never Loss Sight of Freedom 
Black History Month Film Series at the Museum of Westward Expansion: Each of the following films screen in the Special Exhibits Gallery. Films run continuously from 9:15 am to 5:30 pm. 
February 1-7     Sweet Auburn: The Martin Luther King National Historic Site 
February 8-14    Never Loss Sight of Freedom 
February 15-21     Tuskegee Airmen 
February 22-28    Dred Scott: Freedom on Trial 

 

Black History Month Ranger Weekend Programs 
Saturdays Dred Scot Trial at the Old Courthouse, 3:00 pm
*This program requires audience participation, and a minimum number of attendees must participate in order for the program to take place. 
Blacks in the West at Museum of Westward Expansion, 11:15 am and 3:15 pm
Sundays  Dred Scott Trail at the Old Courthouse, 3:00 pm
*This program requires audience participation, and a minimum number of attendees must participate in order for the program to take place.
Blacks in the West at the Museum of Westward Expansion, 3:15 pm   
Special Events at the Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch 
Saturday, February 22  Bobby Norfolk Storytelling Event; Norfolk brings character from the west and their stories to life at this storytelling event, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Sheriff Bass Reeves Re-enactment: Listen to Sheriff Reeves recount his amazing story, from his early life as a slave to becoming a trailblazer, to becoming one of the first African-American lawmen as a United States Deputy Marshall in Indian Territory, 2:00 pm



WHERE: Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, and Old Courthouse (11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102)Cost: 
COST:  FREE and open to the public.
CONTACT: Visit www.gatewayarch.com or call 1-877-982-1410 for more information.

ABOUT:
The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, except in the winter months, when hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend. The Old Courthouse is open daily year-round from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development Agency. For more information about programs and events, please call 877-982-1410 or go to gatewayarch.com.

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