MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

The African Grove Theater - 4th Grade Adaptation


Why was it important for African Americans to perform in and attend theatrical productions in pre-Civil War New York?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Evaluate the importance of cultural expression in general and theatrical performance in particular to the African American community in antebellum New York
  • Identify the historical contributions of the African Grove Theater

Essential Questions:

  • How did the existence of slavery shape African American communal life and cultural expression?
  • How did acts of resistance shape African American cultural heritage and community?

Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI