Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site Hosts February Film Series
Matinees with Miss Maggie highlights connections between African American history, thumb national parks
RICHMOND, Va. – To commemorate Black History Month, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is hosting a film series titled “Matinees with Miss Maggie” each Saturday in February at 1 p.m. Inspired by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday and the annual Black History Month theme established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the films will highlight the wide range of African American history connected with national parks. Each film will be followed by a ranger-led dialogue about the documentary and its related site. Come and explore the lives of student activists during the 1950s, pioneering soldiers during World War II, escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad, and noted civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois. All film showings are free to the public and run approximately one hour.
February 20: “Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad” (Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument)
February 27: “W .E. B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices, Parts I & II” (W. E. B. Du Bois National Historic Site)
The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site has been a unit of the National Park Service since 1978. Guided tours of her restored home, located in historic Jackson Ward, are given by National Park Rangers. The park visitor center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information is available at 804-771-2017, or on the web at www.nps.gov/mawa or www.Facebook.com/MaggieLWalkerNHS.