Scholars at School 14 are spending the month of February visiting their own Black History Museum as a way to recognize Black History Month.
Developed by Mrs. Melanie Anderson and Mrs. Latoya “T” Anderson, the museum has activities for all grade levels.
“I think it is important for our students at Troy to learn about all aspects of American history. It is also crucial that our black students see people of power, influence and talent that look like them,” said School 14 teacher Melanie Anderson.
Students began their visit with a short video about life as an enslaved person, discussing the forced voyage from Africa, the poor living and working conditions of enslaved people and the Underground Railroad many used to escape to freedom in the North and Canada.
The exhibits included a leaders wall, with photos and descriptions of Black leaders, inventors and influencers, a QR code display where students could learn more about influential Black Americans, an invention table where students worked to match the invention to the inventor, and an “It’s a Movement” display where students worked together to identify an action that matched each person.
These self-directed stations help students explore black history and learn about the contributions of Black Americans to society.
Teachers signed up for one-hour timeslots for their students to visit the museum, and when time was up, students were already asking if they could visit again later this month – a true sign of the fun, engaging activities used to allow students to recognize Black History Month.
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