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MHS and SJC to Present Teacher Workshops

on the End of Slavery

Elizabeth Freeman (The MHS is partnering with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to present a two-day teacher workshop based on court cases and documents dealing with the end of slavery in both Massachusetts (after the Revolution) and in the country (before the Civil War). The first day will be held at the John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston, home of the SJC, where a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and a senior attorney (Director of Civic Education) will discuss the enduring impact of selected cases from a legal perspective. On the second day, at the MHS, participants will work with key documents from the collections that have been paired with Library of Congress documents to enhance an understanding of activities and events leading to the emancipation of slaves in this state and others. Teams will complete and share lesson plans created around the documents.

The workshop will take place during the public school vacation weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays: 17-18 February and repeating on 21-22 April from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There is no charge for the workshop, which is part of a Teaching with Primary Sources project funded by the Library of Congress. Educators can earn 10 PDPs for their participation. Registration is required: or (617)646-0557.


Published: Monday, 28 December, 2009, 9:53 AM