DEARBORN, Michigan – During the month of February, Henry Ford Museum will commemorate the journey and legacy of African-Americans during Celebrate Black History!, February 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. 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.
The ever-popular Minds on Freedom show is back to tell the inspiring 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 of the brave men and women who sparked a movement and inspired a nation to champion the cause for civil rights. 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 Wed.–Fri. 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. February 4-5 starts with the Pre-Emancipation era and includes music by The North Star Gospel Chorale and a dramatic performance of “Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth.” The Northern Migration era, February 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, February 18-19, will showcase the popular 30-minute show, Minds on Freedom. The last weekend, February 25-26, celebrates Contemporary Times with musical performances by The Hamilton Family. Please visit www.thehenryford.org for all program times.
Visitors are also invited to learn about the breakthrough discoveries of trailblazers like 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.
About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.