Reading into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground

Family Program
Reading into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground
Sun, February 24th, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Reading into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground
Meet Co-Author Gary McGowan
Sunday, February 24, 3 pm

Ages 9 - 12

Read Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground in honor of African-American History Month and then come to the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library for this special event. Co-Author and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan will join us! Family participants will discuss the book, ask the author questions, and see African American related objects from the New-York Historical Society’s collection.

About Breaking Ground: Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground
In 1991, archaeologists digging at the site of a future office building in lower Manhattan found human remains. These remains are part of the oldest known cemetery for people of African descent in the United States. The people buried here were soldiers, farmers, and members of loving communities. Most were also enslaved. The discovery of this site exposed the realities of urban slavery and African-American life in colonial New York. In this "moving and enriching" (Kirkus Reviews, 1998) Coretta Scott King Honor Award book, author Joyce Hansen and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan bring this untold history to young readers through the life stories of individuals buried at the site. In doing so, they show readers how, with bones, artifacts, and detective work, archaeologists can reconstruct histories lost through time and prejudice.

About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.

About the History Detectives blog
Hear from book club authors, find out about some do-it-yourself projects, and learn about all the cool stuff in the New-York Historical Society's collection at this blog for young historians! New content each week, this blog is written for parents and kids.

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