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Black History Month Events

Browse a selection of special on-site and online events for all ages, including a virtual playdate, an artisan workshop, panel discussions, and more.

Elizabeth "Betty" Dorn's short gown
Feb 03

Artisan Workshop Stitch-In: Make Elizabeth Dorn’s Gown (Virtual)

February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
This four-week virtual workshop will introduce participants to fashion history and how to make your own short gown based on Elizabeth “Betty” Dorn’s short gown.
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Feb 12

Presidents Day Weekend with the Museum

February 12-15, 2021
Observe Presidents Day Weekend onsite or online with family-friendly tours, talks, crafts, and more exploring the nation’s first president, George Washington, and the diverse range of people he would have interacted with.
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2020 Lonae A. Moore Memorial Forum
Feb 20
2020 Lonae A. Moore Memorial Forum presented by the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust at the Museum of the American Revolution 

Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust's Lonae A. Moore Memorial Forum

February 20, 2021 from 1:30-3 p.m.
In partnership with the Museum, Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust will present the fourth annual Lonae A. Moore Memorial Forum, “It Begins with Each of Us: Fostering Racial Understanding."
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Discovering Black Voters in Early New Jersey
Feb 25

Discovering Black Voters in Early New Jersey: A Virtual Visit with Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

February 25, 2021 from 6-7:15 p.m.
Join the Museum and Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum's Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills for a virtual discussion on early Black voters, like Ephraim Hagerman, found on an 1801 New Jersey poll list.
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Feb 27

History Explorers Club: Who Was Ona Judge?

February 27, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, dig into the story of Ona Judge, a woman who escaped enslavement from the home of President George Washington.
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For Teachers

Professional Development Workshops

Free February Workshops Now Available

Join fellow teachers on Feb. 2 and/or Feb. 17 for interactive workshops, engaging discussions, and content-rich presentations exploring the American Revolution in both historical and contemporary contexts.

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This Museum was created to tell a diverse, inclusive, ‘warts-and-all’ narrative of the American Revolution, so sharing the often-untold stories—especially of people of color—is a core element of what we do every day. But during Black History Month, we are shining a special spotlight on the Black men and women who played essential roles in establishing our nation.
Adrienne Whaley, Director of Education & Community Engagement
African American soldier's discharge signed by George Washington

New Artifact on Display

Now on Display Next to the Alan B. Miller Theater

This February view a newly displayed artifact – the discharge of an African American soldier, signed by General George Washington. The soldier, Cash Pallentine, was from Lebanon, Conn., and enlisted in a Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army in 1777. He served until his discharge in 1783. Along the way, he served through many of the significant events of the Revolutionary War, including Valley Forge and the Battle of Monmouth. His wartime service is well-documented in muster rolls in the National Archives. After the war, he married Rose Cosman in 1784 and had two children. He died in 1791 and is buried in Lebanon, Conn.

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On-Site & Digital Resources

Dive deeper into the stories of unsung Revolutionaries at the Museum and online all month long.

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Meet Elizabeth Freeman

Online or daily at the Museum, view a new 25-minute film of a one-woman theatrical performance based on the life of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement and won. The film is shown in the Museum’s Lenfest-Myer Theater. Ask the Guest Services front desk for viewing times.

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Special Exhibit

When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807

Don’t miss the Museum’s special exhibition exploring the stories of the women and people of color who first pioneered the vote in the Revolutionary era. Integrated with the Museum’s core galleries, it is included with regular Museum admission and connected with a free audio tour. The exhibition is now available to all online through a robust virtual experience.

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Interactive Feature

Finding Freedom

The Museum’s virtual resources are always available, including the new Finding Freedom digital interactive, which examines the stories of enslaved people of African descent in Virginia who followed different paths to freedom during the Revolutionary War. These stories are also available to explore in the Museum’s galleries via a touchscreen kiosk.

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Museum Galleries

Virtual Museum Tour

Explore other personal—often unfamiliar—stories of free and enslaved people of African descent during the Revolutionary era. Learn about Deborah Squash, who ran away from Mount Vernon and sought protection with the British Army; Olaudah Equiano, who purchased his own freedom and published a memoir of his experiences; and Crispus Attucks, a dockworker of African and Native descent who was killed during the Boston Massacre and is considered by many historians to be the first casualty of the American Revolution; among many others.

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From the Museum Shop

Shop these staff picks from the Museum Shop for Black History Month.

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

By Annette Gordon-Reed

This epic work―named a best book of the year by the Washington PostTime, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a notable book by the New York Times―tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.

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My America the Beautiful

By Katharine Lee Bates

In this celebration of what ties America together, My American the Beautiful pairs the lyrics of Katharine Lee Bates's "America the Beautiful" with fun, modern illustrations to make a must-have for little patriots! A fuzzy touch-and-feel finger trail weaves throughout the illustrations of soldiers, farmers, and cities to remind children and grownups of the thread that ties us all together. A stunning, heartfelt presentation for all patriotic families—from sea to shining sea!

They Were Good Soldiers by John U. Rees

'They Were Good Soldiers’: African–Americans Serving in the Continental Army, 1775-1783

By John U. Rees

The role of African Americans in the regiments of the Continental Army is not well-known; neither is the fact that relatively large numbers served in southern regiments and that the greatest number served alongside their white comrades in integrated units. 'They Were Good Soldiers' makes extensive use of black veterans’ pension narratives to ‘hear’ them and others tell their stories, and provides insights into their lives, before, during, and after the war.


Plenty of Space for Better Understanding

Experience the Museum’s clean, uncrowded galleries with new limited visitor capacity and enhanced health and safety procedures.

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Health & Safety Protocols

Learn more about the rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for all, including reduced capacity, advance online ticket purchasing, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

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