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Black History Month

Yup, it’s Black History Month, people. And our Parks Department once again comes through with inexpensive (we’re talking 15 bucks) or free events to celebrate our African-American friends’ rich heritage.

Here are some of the happenings:

On February 12th and 26th, take a tour of Seneca Village. In the 1800s, this area was a community of predominantly African-American homeowners. Now it’s part of Central Park! The guides will point out where important churches and residences existed back in the day.

On February 21st, kids can join a George Washington Carver Workshop at the Queens Botanical Garden. They can use actual plants to paint and create a healing lotion to take home with them…as well as learn about the contributions of the famous botanist and inventor.

A tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park will take place on January 25th.  This grand edifice is the oldest house in the city (1765 to be exact). In fact, George Washington and his troops made it their home for a few weeks in 1776! The docents will lead a tour of the building and the neighborhood and focus on the African presence in the house.

These are just a few of the events that the hardworking folks at the Parks Department have dreamed up to celebrate Black History this month. Seriously, what would we do without them? You never have to spend a lot of money to learn and have a good time in our New York city parks. Click here to get the lowdown on everything they have to offer!

Image via Cliff/Flickr