Black History Month Series

During the month of February, join us as we commemorate Black History Month with a variety of interactive programs focusing on the influences and contributions of Africans and African-Americans in our maritime world.

Beyond the Shackles: The Role of African-Americans During the Civil War

Saturday, February 10, 2018 · 10 AM – 12 PM

By the mid-nineteenth century, not every African-American was enslaved; some were spies, some abolitionists, some worked on the Underground Railroad, and some even served in the military including onboard the USS Monitor. Join Museum Educator Wisteria Perry to learn more about African-Americans and their crucial role during the Civil War. Free with Museum admission.

The African and African-American Presence in the Maritime World

Sunday, February 11, 2018 · 2 PM – 4 PM

Join Museum staff on a unique guided tour of The Mariners’ Museum as we discover the influences of Africans and African-Americans across the centuries and throughout the maritime world. Presented by Museum Educator Wisteria Perry and also featuring ASL Interpreter Sabrina T. Smith, Ph.D. Free with Museum admission.

Storytelling with Dylan Pritchett

Saturday, February 17, 2018 · 1 PM and 2 PM

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Mr. Pritchett has been a full-time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folktales to over a hundred schools annually throughout the country. He has created a presentation, “Scraps of History” which uses real documents from the 18th and 19th centuries to highlight African and African-American history within the fabric of the American past.

Anansi and Other African Folktales

Saturday, February 25, 2018 · 1 PM

Throughout the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, the audience will listen to some of these stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to tell their tales. The audience will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas. Free with Museum admission.