The Historic Homes of National Capital Parks-East Celebrate Black History Month

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The Historic Homes of National Capital Parks-East will offer exciting, virtual, online programs during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month.

 
Frederick Douglass NHS
Frederick Douglass NHS

NPS

Join the Historic Homes of National Capital Parks-East (Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site) for exciting, virtual programs in celebration of Black History Month!

The year 2022 marks the anniversary of several significant milestones related to the history of Frederick Douglass:
  • 150th anniversary of the Douglass Family moving to Washington, D.C.
  • 100th anniversary of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA) and the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) celebrating the first significant restoration of the home
  • 60th anniversary of "Cedar Hill" becoming a unit of the national park system September 5, 1962).
With the anniversaries marking preservation milestones in the history of Cedar Hill, we will continue to explore the theme of historic preservation throughout the year at all three sites.

Frederick Douglass NHS

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration
Theme - A House and Home: Preserving Cedar Hill
The 204th Anniversary of the Birth of Frederick Douglass will be celebrated on here at www.nps.gov/frdo on Saturday, February 12th with virtual programs about “home and family” and the preservation of the Douglass home, as well as greetings from NPS officials, remarks from Douglass Family descendants, a talk on the preservation of Cedar Hill and its becoming an NPS site in 1962 by Dr. Amber Wingfield, and a keynote address by Dr. Celeste Bernier on the Douglass Family's move from Rochester, New York to Washington, D.C. in 1872. Learn more here.

Virtual School Programs
Additionally, we offer annual programs for students as part of the Douglass Birthday Programming. This year the programs will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 15th at 10:00 am and on Wednesday, February 16th at 1:00 pm. To register for one of these programs, email DouglassNHS@nps.gov and include the following information:

  1. Preferred program date,
  2. Name of school,
  3. Name of Teacher,
  4. Grade,
  5. # of students,
  6. Email address

When we get your email, we will invite your class to the program and send you an email with additional information.

Vigil for Frederick Douglass' Passing
In this video, we dwell in the space where Frederick Douglass passed on February 20, 1895, share in a reading of the description of his final moments, and then shift into a time of reflection and sharing. We invite you to share this digital space with us as we reflect on the life of a titan of history. Visit www.facebook.com/FrederickDouglassNHS to view.

Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FrederickDouglassNHS where we will be sharing informative facts and photographs about Frederick Douglass and the history and preservation of the home!


 
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS

NPS

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS

Take the Virtual Tour
Throughout the entire month of February, explore where Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) made history by taking the online, virtual tour of the Council House that was launched last year to learn more about the role of African American women in the Civil Rights Movement in America. Visit www.nps.gov/mamc/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tour.htm to view.

Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NPS.MAMC where we will be sharing informative facts and photographs about Mary McLeod Bethune, the NCNW, and the history and preservation of the home!

 
Carter G. Woodson Home NHS
Carter G. Woodson Home NHS

NPS

Carter G. Woodson Home NHS

View a Virtual Tour
On February 6th, 19th, 26th at 12 noon, view a video wherein you are given a ranger-led tour of the home and office of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and discover where Black History Month was born! Visit www.facebook.com/NPS.CAWO to view.

From Negro History Week to Black History Month
On Monday, February 14th at 12 noon, view a video wherein Dr. Carter G. Woodson's original idea for Negro History Week—which he selected as the second week of February—and his long-term goal of African American History becoming a natural part of American history, is discussed. Visit www.facebook.com/NPS.CAWO to view.

Representation in the World of Children's Books
On Saturday, February 26th at 1:00 pm, join us for an exciting conversation with Don Tate, illustrator of “Carter Reads the Newspaper”, one of the first children’s books about Dr. Carter G. Woodson. We will learn about his illustrations for the book and why representation in storytelling matters. Visit www.facebook.com/NPS.CAWO to view.

Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NPS.CAWO where we will be sharing informative facts and photographs about Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the ASALH, and the history and preservation of the home!

 

Additional Resources

Each year, a national Black History Theme is selected by the organization that Dr. Carter G. Woodson established in 1915, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH). The 2022 National Theme is: "Black Health and Wellness". For more information on the theme and ASALH's Black History Month Virtual Festival, visit here.

Every February during Black History Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share stories, rich culture, and an invitation for all Americans to reflect on Black history in parks and communities across the country. Learn more here.

Click here to view the the White House's Presidential Proclamtion on National Black History Month 2022.

Last updated: February 12, 2022

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