For school classes in grades 3-12. Limited performances. To reserve seats for your class please call (585) 697-1942.
Under the starry indoor sky of the Strasenburgh Planetarium dome, students watch a live performance by the RMSC Players. Students hear from abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Amy and Isaac Post as they re-create events leading up to the important oration "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro," delivered by Frederick Douglass at Corinthian Hall in Rochester on July 5, 1852.
Overhead in the Planetarium sky, the Big Dipper, also known as the Drinking Gourd, points to the North Star, symbol of freedom to people escaping from slavery.
After the live performance, students view a slide show of primary source documents showing the legal and social standards of the 1850's.
For more information:
See historical photographs of the dedication of the Frederick Douglass monument in Rochester from the Rochester Museum & Science Center's collection. Go to the RMSC Collections website and type "Frederick Douglass photographs" in the LibCat search box. Start here: http://collections.rmsc.org
For more on the life and times of Frederick Douglass, look at the PBS website "Africans in America": http://www.pbs.org/aia