Follow the Drinking Gourd: Stars Guide Children to Safety

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis celebrates Black History Month with a new month long program in their Planetarium, Follow the Drinking Gourd. From February 1 to 28, 2010, Indianapolis kids can experience a slave’s flight to freedom. Show times are Tuesdays through Fridays at 3:00 pm and weekends at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. This program is suggested for kids age eight and up. Admission is included in your ticket to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Experience the slaves’ flight to freedom at this Indianapolis museum. During the 1800s, the United States suffered from a horrible affliction. Many people, particularly citizens who lived in southern states, practiced slavery. Holding humans captive for no reason but the color of their skin, these African Americans were forced to work long and hard hours for no pay and minuscule living accommodations. The lives they led were cruel and demeaning.

Many chose to be active about their fate, following the Underground Railroad through the northern United States to freedom in Canada. After completing daring escapes from their white masters, many slaves walked thousands of miles to find freedom. They had nothing but the dark of night for cover and the Big Dipper for navigation.When they were lucky, they found kind souls along the way willing to hide them and house them.

Many spirituals commonly sung by slaves at this time were actually coded messages. The famous song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” is an example of a clever hidden message easily passed along. By singing the song, they shared important information about how and when to escape to the north. Each line of the song holds a different hidden meaning. Discover the secret now at the Children’s Museum or Indianapolis. Visit their official website for more information.

The Circle City celebrates Black History Month in many ways. Check out Art and Soul happening all this month at the Indianapolis Artsgarden at the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis downtown. Or take the Black History Month Challenge, sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society.

Check out our Indianapolis restaurant listings for good ideas for great grub. Remember Devour Downtown is happening now through February 6, 2010, offering Hoosiers affordable high end cuisine. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Follow the Drinking Gourd
February 1 through 28, 2010

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Indianapolis Things to Do

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis | Indiana State Fairgrounds | Indiana State Museum | Indianapolis Museum of Art | Central Indiana Theatres and Performing Arts Venues | Indianapolis Zoo | More Indianapolis Things to Do

Indianapolis Things to Do by Geographical Locale

Indianapolis Downtown Things to Do | Indianapolis North Things to Do | Indianapolis West Things to Do | Indianapolis East Things to Do | More Indianapolis Things to Do

Indiana Things to Do by City

Anderson Things to Do | Avon Things to Do | Bargersville Things to Do | Brownsburg Things to Do | Camby Things to Do | Carmel Things to Do | Cicero Things to Do | Crawfordsville Things to Do | Danville Things to Do | Fishers Things to Do | Fortville Things to Do | Greencastle Things to Do | Greenfield Things to Do | Greenwood Things to Do | Indianapolis Things to Do | Lawrence Things to Do | Lebanon Things to Do | Martinsville Things to Do | Mooresville things to Do | Noblesville Things to Do | Plainfield Things to Do | Shelbyville Things to Do | Westfield Things to Do | Zionsville Things to Do