February 2019 Monthly Theme: African American History

African American living history volunteers portraying Civil War era Union soldiers
During a program at Fort Moultrie, living history volunteers interpreted the Civil War legacy of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Fort Sumter National Monument)

Preserved within parks and in neighborhoods throughout the country through NPS programs, African American history is an essential part of the American narrative. What stories can we share about the African American experience and contributions to our country?

As the nation celebrates the achievements, contributions, and historical journeys of African Americans, we can highlight the history and cultural heritage shared within our parks and in communities through the work of our programs and partners.

For parks, NPS programs, and our partners, here are some thoughts to get your ideas going!

  • The theme for African American History Month is set each year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), an NPS partner. The 2019 theme is “400 Years of Perseverance” to recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in mainland North America in 1619.
  • Combine themes this month by telling the stories of African American innovators and engineers for National Innovation Day and National Engineers Week (see “Other Themes & Activities” below).
  • Showcase objects or artifacts in your partner park’s museum collection important to the African American experience.
  • Highlight the work that you and your partner park do in telling the story and sharing the experience of African American heritage.

Social Media

Social media hashtags include #AfricanAmericanHeritageMonth and #TellingAmericanStories. Don’t forget to use #FindYourPark/#EncuentratuParque so that the NPS national accounts and the National Park Foundation can easily find and possibly share your posts!

Feel free to link back to these pages on NPS.gov:

Other February Themes & Activities

Last updated: February 4, 2019