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In a program led by museum staff playing the roles of an abolitionist and a slave owner, students role-play the men and women who spoke out for and against slavery in a re-creation of an anti-slavery meeting. A program binder that contains multi-disciplinary pre- and post-visit activities using primary source documents is available to prepare students for and to summarize this program. This program can be presented as an assembly to larger groups.
Available year-round, weekdays, for middle school students. Program lasts one hour or one class period.
Cost: $4 per student
Type of Program: Field Trips, Programs to Go, Summer Programs, After School, Scouts
Related Topics: Slavery and Civil War
Sample Primary Source: “Because Bowen and McNamee refused to sign the call for a meeting to be held at Castle Garden, New York City, to endorse the Fugitive Slave Law, which call had been signed by several thousand merchants, they were publicly attacked and reviled by the press throughout the country, and particularly so by The Journal of Commerce of New York. At last, in self defense, the firm published a card, which has since been quoted the world over.” From Lineage of the Bowens, written by Edward Bowen in 1897. View the card.
Grades K – 4