Celebrate Black History at Henry Ford Museum

Step Aboard the Rosa Parks Bus, Take Part in the Interactive Play: ‘Minds on Freedom’ and Sample Some Historic African American Dishes at Michigan Cafe

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — This February, Henry Ford Museum Celebrates Black History! with artifacts, performances, hands-on activities and food. Visitors can tour the Rosa Parks Bus, one of the great symbols of courage during the Civil Rights era, participate in the interactive show “Minds on Freedom” and have some historic southern cooking at the museum’s Michigan Cafe.

Minds on Freedom
Monday – Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Thursday & Friday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Travel back to the days of the Civil Rights Movement and be a part of a mass meeting in the show “Minds on Freedom.” Nearly 50 years ago, some courageous Americans decided they would change the inequity they saw in our nation. In the Drive-In Theater, in the Automobile in American Life display at Henry Ford Museum, visitors can explore how freedom was communicated from one mind to another. Experience the powerful words that were spoken and sing along with the amazing songs that were sung. “Minds on Freedom” is free with admission to Henry Ford Museum.

Rosa Parks Bus

Hear the story and step aboard the bus where the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Originally owned by Montgomery Bus Lines, the 1948 General Motors bus has been restored to look as it did on December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks demonstrated her courage in the face of discrimination. Visitors can walk onto the bus and hear the story of Rosa Parks.

Southern Cooking in Michigan Cafe

During Black History Month, Michigan Cafe will feature traditional African American dishes such as: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, turnip greens, Mrs. Fisher’s Chicken Salad, corn bread and rice pudding. No admission required to dine at Michigan Cafe. Michigan Cafe is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dishes are based upon the popular cookbook “What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,” the oldest known black cookbook published in America from 1881. According to the cookbook, Mrs. Abby Fisher, who was a former slave, “came from Mobile, Alabama and began cooking for San Francisco society in the later 1870s. By her own account, neither she or her husband could read or write, and she had already been cooking for more than thirty-five years when the book was written down, presumably by another person.” Visitors can purchase the cookbook at the Henry Ford Museum store, located off the IMAX Theatre lobby. No admission is required to shop the museum store.

Hands-on Activities

Take part in the various hands-on activities throughout the museum. Make your own demonstration sign to show your support for civil rights, like the ones used in civil rights marches. Visitors can also make their own musical instrument and are encouraged to take both their sign and instrument to the “Minds on Freedom” performance. Visitors young and old will also have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression at Henry Ford Museum by answering “What does freedom mean to me?” posted for public view.

For more information on Celebrate Black History! at Henry Ford Museum call (313) 982-6001 or visit our website at http://www.thehenryford.org/ . Henry Ford Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Sunday. Tickets cost $14 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Youth, Members and children under five are free.

Annual memberships start at $44 and include unlimited admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan, was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. For more information please visit our website http://www.thehenryford.org/ .

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