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Black History Month

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

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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.

Open Wounds: The Fifty-Year Legacy of the Attica Prison Uprising

Open Wounds: The Fifty-Year Legacy of the Attica Prison Uprising

This exhibition seeks to present the various viewpoints of the September 1971 Attica prison uprising and its aftermath. It will also discuss the wider impacts of the event and create a dialogue as to why this story is important fifty years later.

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.

Recommended Classroom Resource: 
Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery by archaeologist and children’s author, Lois Miner Huey, offers an informative and age appropriate look into the work of archaeologists as they “pieced together the truth” around the individuals whose human remains archaeologists discovered at Schuyler Flatts. Huey compares archaeological research with the historical record to show how different forms of evidence are needed to create a better picture of the lives of the people enslaved at Schuyler Flatts. Forgotten Bones helps younger readers learn about the enslavement of people in New York, the different types of primary resources available to learn about people who were enslaved, and how archaeology can help tell the story of those who were enslaved.

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. 

NYSM Videos & CTLE

Every Prison Is Attica: A Short Documentary Film by David Kuhn

Video Presentation: 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

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


About NYSM CTLE Credits

The New York State Museum is an approved provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Educators can earn 2 hours of CTLE credit by watching the webinar and completing the surveys linked below each video. Please allow up to two weeks to receive confirmation of completion.