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Celebrate Black History at The Henry Ford

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All month long Henry Ford Museum will honor the journey and legacy of African-Americans during Celebrate Black History!, Feb. 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26.

The perennially popular Minds on Freedom returns, telling stories of civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gloria Rackley and Martin Luther King, Jr. Through music, dramatic performance and audience participation, the 30-minute show explores the lives those who sparked and inspired the civil rights movement. Before the performance a special film, United in Freedom, will also be shown. The movie documents the June 20-21, 2011, round-the-clock visit of the original Emancipation Proclamation to Henry Ford Museum.

Minds on Freedom runs three times a day Wednesday-Friday at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., with additional performances on Sat., Feb. 18, and Sun. Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Each weekend of February will feature musical, dramatic and interactive performances that will honor a particular era in African-American history.

  • The Northern Migration era, Feb. 11-12, features a musical performance by the Rev. Robert Jones and a dramatic presentation of “Elijah: The Real McCoy.”
  • The era of The Civil Rights Movement, Feb. 18-19, features the popular 30-minute show, Minds on Freedom.
  • The last weekend, Feb. 25-26, celebrates Contemporary Times with musical performances by The Hamilton Family.

Visit www.thehenryford.org for all program times.

Visitors are also invited to learn about the breakthrough discoveries of George Washington Carver and Lewis Latimer during the African-American Innovator tours. Tours are free with admission and depart from museum plaza. Tours run daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission to Henry Ford Museum is free with membership or $17 adults, $15 senior (62 and up) and $12.50 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org.

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