Florence Elementary celebrated Black History month with the help of a community friend | Schools
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - To help celebrate Black History month, the 3rd graders at Florence Elementary are learning about the Underground Railroad before traveling to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Donna Ammerman, Youth Services Outreach specialist from the Boone County Library, visited the students to share her expertise on this subject. She brought in several homemade quilts explaining how most quilts have a story to tell, and how they played a big part during the times of slavery.
Mrs. Ammerman also read a story called Under the Quilt of Night, by Deborah Hopkinson. The students were engrossed in the story because it was told through the eyes of a little girl. She and her family escaped slavery and traveled north to Canada by following the North Star. Conditions were brutal as they hid during the day and traveled by night having to face biting mosquitoes, cutting thorns, little food or water, extreme temperatures, and restless sleep on the hard ground.
The young girl was always watching for a special sign from the Underground Railroad conductors, a group of unnamed friends who helped slaves escape to freedom. When the runaways approached a house, it was with both fear and hope not knowing if they would see the Log Cabin quilt with the blue center square, a signal that the home was a safe one. The safe house owners offered the runaways clothes, food, and a place to rest before moving on to the next part of their journey. The story ended with the young girl raising her arms with a joyful look on her face. The author leaves the story unfinished, allowing the reader to come up with the conclusion of the story…finally free, or just a moment of peace?
After the reading, the students responded to the story by completing a writing activity on a quilt pattern page. They are preparing for a Trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center where they will continue to learn about the plight of African Americans in history.