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Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the New York State Museum is offering educational resources and programs for classroom teachers, educators, and the public from our collections, exhibits, and research.

The Jessup Family: A Free African American Household in Early NY, 1790–1830

Highlights from the NYSM History Collection: Focus on African American-related Collections

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Statewide Black History Month Programming

Visit the Office of State History events page for a comprehensive list of Black History Month programs happening throughout New York State:

Museum Resources and Research

The Fifteenth amendment, 1870 by Thomas Kelly

Fifteenth Amendment: Educational Activities

This online guide includes several object-inquiry activities. By exploring primary source materials around the topic of national enfranchisement of Black American men through the ratification of the 15th Amendment, students will develop a better understanding of the context surrounding this important step in America’s history.

Dr. Martin Luther King, JR in New York. September 12, 1962

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Address to the New York State Civil War Centennial Commission

View information and download educator guides designed to provide strategies and resources for teaching about the Civil Rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schuyler Flatts Facial Reconstruction

Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground

In 2005, the discovery of human remains during construction in Colonie, NY, offered a unique view of slavery in rural colonial America. Learn more about the history of the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow details the national story of the struggle for Black equality after the end of slavery and through the Jim Crow era. A link is provided to the Educator's Guide created by the New-York Historical Society website. 

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A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York in the First World War

The exhibition landing page provides links to the online exhibition, educator guides, and additional resources. 

Learn about the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African American division that fought in WWI.

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Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial

Read the biographies of notable African American suffragists including Sojourner Truth and Shirley Chisholm, and download related educational materials.

NYSM Videos

Field Trip to the NYSM: Evidence of Slavery and Freedom Buried Beneath the Floor


Private Henry Johnson in WWI