What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman
One of our nation’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways. But her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to learn more.
Invite students to explore this site, in which National Museum of African American History & Culture staff share their interpretation of the museum’s collections they find most powerful from a variety of perspectives.
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, elementary students will examine geometric quilt patterns to learn how math may have been used to help slaves escape to freedom. They will slide, flip and turn geometric shapes to create a map quilt.
Picturing the Civil Rights Movement: Photographs by Charles Moore
This Smithsonian History Explorer learner resource includes a 26-minute documentary where Charles Moore explains the context of many of his famous civil rights images. As students examine the images, they think about the importance of photojournalism to the civil rights movement.
Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
The invention of the airplane sparked a revolution in modern technology. Beginning in the 1920s, a small number of determined black air enthusiasts challenged racial discrimination. Explore the resources on this National Air and Space Museum site to learn how with great effort—and against formidable odds—they realized their dream to fly.
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