African American History Month Program February 12

February 10, 2016

“Heroes of the Underground Railroad” Come to Greeneville

In honor of African American History Month and Presidents’ Day, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is hosting two special programs this weekend. The first program is an evening performance of “Heroes of the Underground Railroad.” This family-friendly performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12th at the St. James Episcopal Church at 107 W. Church St. in Greeneville.

This 45-minute program is an inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable Abolitionists and slaves from America’s Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry ‘Box’ Brown, John Parker and Frederick Douglass are just some of the figures brought to life by the talented performers of the Bright Star Touring Theatre company. A suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 per student will help to bring quality educational programs to the community. Through the generous support of the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, over 400 students will have the opportunity to experience these riveting stories through live theater during earlier performances at local schools.

The second program of the weekend is part of our Centennial series. 2016 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, which preserves and shares these marvelous places, objects, and stories with the public it serves. How is a National Park, Historic Site, or Monument created? The story of Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and its creation, including its connection to Tusculum College, is told by Park Guide Daniel Luther, a graduate of Tusculum, in a program about the importance of preserving a President’s life and legacy. This program on “How to Create a Presidential Park” will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15th at Tusculum College Library, Room 105. This program is free and open to the public.

For further information regarding these programs, please contact park headquarters at (423) 639-3711, extension 103, or the Visitor Center at (423) 638-3551, or the Andrew Johnson NHS Facebook page or website at www.nps.gov/anjo.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s over 400 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.