Upcoming Events for Black History Month

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Date: February 6, 2013
Contact: Dee Donohue, 212-668-2208

Upcoming Black History Month Programs
in and Around Manhattan


The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating Black History Month with a series of special programs in the New York City area. NPS Park Rangers will be on hand at the following locations to provide in-depth historical accounts, solemn tributes and engaging demonstrations on the lives of noted African Americans such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington’s chef Hercules as well as other notable figures. Join the NPS for these moving activities, and come away with a better understanding of the African-American experience in New York City specifically and America in general.    


Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Saturday, February 9 and 23, 2013 from 11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

The program “Founding Fathers Fighting Against Slavery: An Exploration of Alexander Hamilton and the New York Manumission Society” will be offered at Hamilton Grange National as part of its programming for Black History Month.  During the 1780s, Alexander Hamilton was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in New York. The program explores - through words and images - the Manumission Society's lasting legacy as well as Hamilton's role in its creation and works.  Seating is very limited, so call (646)  548-2310 in advance if you plan to attend.

St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Saturday, February 9, 2013 from Noon- 4PM



The new exhibition “A Conservative Union Parish: St. Paul’s Church and the Civil War” will open with a special program. Historic enactors will portray Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman and President Abraham Lincoln.  Learn about the Civil War and the efforts to free slaves at this 18th Century church.


African Burial Ground National Monument

Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 10AM- 4PM


Join African Burial Ground National Monument for the first-ever celebration of the life of Frederick


Douglass.  Quotes from Frederick Douglass will be read by staff throughout the day.  Movies about the Underground Railroad and Frederick Douglass will be shown to the public at 11AM and 2PM, and a musical tribute to Frederick Douglass will begin at noon in the lobby of the Ted Weiss Federal Building.


General Grant National Memorial
Saturday, February 16, 2013,1PM – 1:30 PM


The final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, is also the largest mausoleum in North America. Grant strove to heal the nation after the Civil War, and to make rights for all citizens a reality. Join a National Park Ranger for “From the Plantation to the Plains & Deserts: African-American soldiers on the Western Frontier 1866-77, which explores how African-Americans became a permanent part of the United States Army and the hardships they endured both in facing hostile Indians and in surmounting the bigotry and resistance of some of their fellow American citizens. Seating is very limited, so call (212) 666-1640 in advance if you plan to attend.

Federal Hall National Memorial
Friday, February 22, 2013 from 11AM- 1PM


Join National Park Service Rangers at Federal Hall National Memorial for a special program exploring the life of Hercules, the extraordinary escaped slave and gourmet expert of the colonial period. Hercules was the infamous chief chef of George Washington during his time at Mt. Vernon.  A living historian will be on hand to portray Hercules and demonstrate his culinary skills.


Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Saturday, February 23, 2013 ,1:30PM – 2:00 PM



Join the National Park Service for a special talk and PowerPoint presentation on "Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington: The White House Dinner Controversy."  Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House while Roosevelt was president, creating a controversy neither one apparently expected. Learn more about this insight into race relations at the turn of the 20th century and Roosevelt's role in this event. Seating is very limited, so call (212) 260-1616 in advance if you plan to attend.


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Contact: Dee Donohue

Phone:    212-668-2208

Date:       February 5, 2013


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