In celebration of Black History Month, a multi-sensory experience took Smith students and their families on a journey along the Underground Railroad.
After gathering in the gym, everyone followed their maps leading each team of participants along their journey.
Experiential “safe houses” featured different themes:
- Watching and participating in African dance
- Storytelling with Harriet Tubman
- Hearing about the history of the Underground Railroad and of African American leaders from the past through the present
- Experiencing the saxophone and jazz music and hearing examples of “signal songs” and “map songs” used by those connected to the Underground Railroad to communicate in code
- Eating samples of Soul Food and learning about their origins
- Creating quilt blocks in the “North star” pattern and learning about how quilt designs carried various messages related to landmarks, cities, directions, and guides