Unveiling Untold Narratives In New York City: Celebrating Black History Month In Harlem

January 27, 2024

Celebrate Black History Month with your students by registering for this free virtual workshop for grades 3–5.

Students will learn about three New Yorkers who were black whose stories have too often been “hidden” from the traditional historical record.

Students will gain exposure to civic agency, sharpen their historical thinking skills, and understand how the past influences our present as they consider how we can each help shape our future.

This 1-hour workshop includes an active chat for class participation and student activities during the program, including a close examination of images from the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.

This month’s featured Hidden Voices:

  • David Ruggles (1810–1849) A “practical abolitionist” who founded an antislavery bookstore and helped Frederick Douglass escape enslavement
  • Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1827–1901) A “19th-century Rosa Parks” who helped desegregate mass transit in NYC
  • Florence Mills (1896–1927) A talented singer and dancer who made her Broadway debut at the start of the Harlem Renaissance

Each of the individuals is featured in the Hidden Voices resource guides, which are aligned to the New York City Department of Education’s Passport to Social Studies.

Register and find out more information


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1. Register for Tues, February 6th, 2024

2. Register for Wed, February 7th, 2024

3. Register for Thurs, February 9th, 2024

4. More About This Program

Hidden Voices of New York City

Hidden Voices of New York City is a virtual workshop series from the Museum of the City of New York that is geared towards students in grades 3-5 and highlights and honors the individual and collective experiences of a diverse swath of New Yorkers. 

Each month, students learn about New Yorkers whose stories are often “hidden” from the traditional historical record, but who have shaped and continue to shape our history and identity.

Related: Find more Harlem History on our Facebook page.

The sessions build on the Hidden Voices resource guides. They can help teachers facilitate and explore inclusive learning experiences that validate the diverse perspectives and contributions of underrepresented individuals and groups.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, https://www.mcny.org/, 212.534.1672, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, February 6, 7, or 8 at 9:30 am, Virtual; Free.

Photo credit: From left to right: Portrait of Elizabeth Jennings Graham in “The Story of an Old Wrong,” The American Woman’s Journal, July 1985. Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas; David Ruggles. Negro Almanac Collection, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA.; Florence Mills in Dover Street to Dixie at the London Pavilion, photograph by Bassano Ltd. © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG x85305. Museum of the City of New York.

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