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African Americans: From Slavery to Emancipation

The overriding theme of the program, African Americans: From Slavery to Emancipation, is the quest for freedom by enslaved African Americans—the struggles that they endured and the steps they took to achieve liberty and equality. The Underground Railroad was an important means of obtaining freedom for many, and it is highlighted in this program along with the story of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her life and became the Moses of her people. The program, geared toward 4th and 5th graders, begins with introductory information on slavery, which helps set the stage for students in understanding the importance of the Underground Railroad as a means of obtaining freedom. By utilizing a handling collection that makes history tangible, this program is a valuable tool for teachers seeking to reinforce Virginia Standards of Learning related to slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the American Civil War. While acknowledging the horrors of slavery, the program tells the story of African Americans and their struggles to obtain freedom and equality not only for themselves but also for their race as a whole.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay Street, Richmond, 23219

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: R. Waite Rawls

Location Type: Program

Freedom Seekers: Harriet Tubman

UGRR Operatives: Harriet Tubman