The Jessup Family: A Free African American Household in Early NY, 1790–1830
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Read the biographies of notable African American suffragists including Sojourner Truth and Shirley Chisholm, and download related educational materials.