The Ties That Bind, From Slavery to Freedom
The Turner-Nelson Family. Three generations of an American American Family Living in the Shadows of St. Paul's Church
The staff of St. Paul's N.H.S. have produced an elementary school social studies curriculum that explores the remarkable story of the Turner-Nelson family, an African American family that lived for three generations from slavery to freedom, near St. Paul's Church. They were born in Westchester County, New York during the American Revolution, and were an integral part of the community now called Mt. Vernon. They owned land, paid taxes and raised generations of children. Life centered around their family farm, religion, the cemetery and nearby Eastchester Creek. This multi lesson unit also develops basic skills including comparison and contrast, literal understanding, cause and effect, drawing conclusions, reading comprehension and map skills. It was produced with assistance from the Rebecca Turner Elementary School, Mt. Vernon, NY, and Dr. Larry Spruill, City Historian of Mt. Vernon. Educators interested in the curriculum can contact the site at 914-667-4116, or e mail us through this web site.
For a copy of the teachers' guide.
For a copy of the student booklet.