Community Free Day sponsored by United Concordia Dental
1 Lincoln Cir
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Please join us with friends and family on our community free day to celebrate Black History Month!
Admission is FREE to All!
10 AM - 4 PM: USCT Display & Living History
10 AM - 4 PM: Period clothing station for children & adults to try on and take selfies
10 AM - 4 PM: Coloring Activity Station
10 AM - 4 PM: Living History - Officers for the Union
10 AM - 4 PM: Living History - Ladies for the Union
The Long Hill String Band (10:30 AM, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM)
11:00 AM: Dr. Abigail Cooper (Brandeis University) - Presenting on Black Refugee or "Contraband Camps" in the American Civil War
1:00 PM: Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch presents: "Personal History is Social History” The presentation covers aspects of the lives and experiences of 18 men from the free black community “Hinsonville” who served as members of the United States Colored Troops, and their families’ efforts to ensure that they are remembered for their role in re-unifying this country. It includes reading excerpts, a rolling presentation of PowerPoint slides (30 + photos and images that provide context), some audience participation, and engaged discussion.
Dr. Gooch is an academic leader and published scholar with a passion for cultural history and uncovering aspects of African American history that are lost or forgotten. She is author of “Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania” published by The History Press.
2:30 PM: Michael Boulware Moore presents: The Making of a Museum: The International African American Museum (IAAM) To be built on the former Gadsden's Wharf in Charleston, SC - the site of the predominant port of entry for enslaved Africans during the Transatlantic slave trade - 200+ years later a museum is being constructed that will tell the stories of those who landed there. The International African American Museum will commemorate both their incalculable sacrifices and contributions in the making of America on the site that some call the African American "Ellis Island". The museum's CEO, Michael Boulware Moore, tells about the initiative and the upcoming museum experience. He also talks about his personal connection to the project and the history. As the great great grandson of Robert Smalls - the enslaved man who commandeered the Confederate steamer Planter to freedom in Charleston harbor in 1862, was he first African American to command a U.S. naval vessel during the Civil War, and then became a five term Congressman during Reconstruction.
Michael is the President/CEO of the International African American Museum. Located where almost half of all enslaved Africans took their first steps in America, the $100 million museum will give voice to the people who arrived there, to their struggles and pain, and to their perseverance and contributions - all in the making of America. He is a seasoned business and community leader, board member, and author. He has experience both leading iconic global brands and smaller, more entrepreneurial, companies. Michael is a thought leader on brand strategy and consumer behavior, and social justice and African American history. He has degrees from Syracuse and Duke universities. Michael is married, the father of four sons, and lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
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