Before Freedom Field Trip Program 2016-2017

Grades 4-12

Offered February 3, 10 and 22, 2017 • 10 am - 12 pm

$4 per student* (Reservations Required)

*Thanks to the Bill Worthen Future of History Fund every school in Arkansas is eligible for free field trip programs for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year; however, schools who have already budgeted for this expense are encouraged to pay their typical fee so that these donated funds can be used to the maximum benefit of Arkansas students.

In Before Freedom, Charlotte Stephens (played by Felicia Richardson) asks, “Oh, you are 11 years old? Well, when I was 11 years old, something happened that changed my life. I shall give you a hint. It was 1865. What would it have been? That’s RIGHT. I became free. But before then….”

She speaks in the diction one learns from Mrs. Stephens’ interviews. Her memories draw students in to her situations.

“And what would you have done, had this lady been mean to you?” she inquires, then cautions them with the possible consequences of those actions.

When visiting the historic grounds, students encounter Charlotte’s father portrayed by a living history actor. From ads in the Arkansas Gazette they learn of freedom seekers, those who helped them and the path they took.

They hear more stories when learning about the “Giving Voice” memorial plaque and how research brought to light 139 people enslaved on what are now museum grounds.

Mrs. Stephens asks, “Did you learn something new about slavery since I saw you last?” Students discuss their experience and learn about the Slave Narratives project by hearing the story of someone, formally enslaved, interviewed in the 1930s.

Fill out our reservation request form or call 501-324-9351 to learn more and to reserve space for your students to experience history through this unique educational opportunity.