February: Heritage Month


February is African American History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

 

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

The Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an “abominable crime,” yet he was a lifelong slaveholder. The exhibition will provide a look at the lives of six slave families living at Monticello alongside Jefferson and his family.

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The Spirit of Tuskegee

A restored PT-13 Stearman biplane, like those on which the Tuskegee Airmen trained, will become part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Christened The Spirit of Tuskegee, you can watch its progress as the aircraft is flown cross country to Washington, DC.

Visit The Spirit of Tuskegee Blog (external link)

Photos of the Harlem Renaissance

The Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance.

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Veterans History

veteran's history thumbnailAfrican Americans serving in the military service throughout U.S. history have often fought on two fronts: fighting the actual enemy and fighting a system of segregation and exclusion.

Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)

The Tuskegee Airmen (National Park Service)

Veterans History

African Americans serving in the military service throughout U.S. history have often fought on two fronts: fighting the actual enemy and fighting a system of segregation and exclusion.

[- African American History at our National Parks -]

For Teachers

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