Before Freedom Program

Grades 4-12

Offered February 1, 8, 12 and 26 • 10 am - 12 pm

$4 per student (Reservations Required)

One teacher and adult per classroom are free; additional adults are $4 each. Max. group size is 120.

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….” 

Students begin the program in the museum’s theater and meet Charlotte Stephens. She draws the students into her situations as she recalls memories of her time in Arkansas before freedom.

Afterward, as student visit 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'll meet a free woman who lived in Little Rock before the Civil War.

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


At the end of the program, 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.