Reading Into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence - Meet the Author

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February 24, 2013


DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society

Upper West Side


Free with admission: $15 adults; $12 teachers and seniors; $10 students; $5 kids ages 5-13; free for kids 4 and younger

Description: Read "Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground" in honor of African-American History Month and then come to the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library for this special event.

Co-Author and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan will be there. Family participants will discuss the book, ask the author questions, and see African American related objects from the New-York Historical Society's collection.

About "Breaking Ground: Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground":

In 1991, archaeologists digging at the site of a future office building in lower Manhattan found human remains. These remains are part of the oldest known cemetery for people of African descent in the United States. The people buried here were soldiers, farmers, and members of loving communities. Most were also enslaved. The discovery of this site exposed the realities of urban slavery and African-American life in colonial New York.

In this "moving and enriching" (Kirkus Reviews, 1998) Coretta Scott King Honor Award book, author Joyce Hansen and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan bring this untold history to young readers through the life stories of individuals buried at the site. In doing so, they show readers how, with bones, artifacts, and detective work, archaeologists can reconstruct histories lost through time and prejudice.

About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.

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