Black History StoryWalk® Features Steamboat School

Children at the White Plains Public Library are invited to take a walk along The Trove’s 2017 Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s walk is based on the book, Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband. In this story, the teacher, Reverend John Berry Meachum, and his students refused to accept discrimination based on skin color. Meachum opened the “Floating Freedom School” in the middle of the Mississippi River in response to the Missouri law in 1847 that stated that “No person shall keep any school for the instruction of negroes or mulattoes, reading or writing in this State.”

The StoryWalk® is open to families with children in grades 1 through 6 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

StoryWalk® guidelines are available at the Children’s Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove. Participants must pick up the StoryWalk® form there before proceeding on the walk. Follow the arrows as you proceed at your own pace. Complete the form and turn it in at the Compass to receive a prize and be entered into the final drawing.

Note: The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

 

 

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