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Floating Freedom School

Floating Freedom School


In 1846 Missouri outlawed teaching reading and writing to African Americans. John Meachum believed education was critical and empowered indiviuals. He began teaching young black students secretively on steamboats floating on the Mississippi River. Learn about African American resistance during slavery and their emphasis on education, especially literacy.

  • Date: Thursday, February 22, 1 PM ET

  • Target Audience: Grades K-6

  • Length: 45 minutes

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