Celebrate the Bible and Black History

The Bible has played an integral role in the lives of African Americans throughout their history. For the month of February, we’ll be exploring some of these stories at the museum and in our digital content. Check out everything going on below.

Did You Know? Series at the Museum

Throughout the month, we’ll be hosting a series of interviews and performances focusing on artifacts in the collections and important figures in Black history. Make sure you to plan your visit today to see one of these exciting programs.

The Slave Bible: Its Origins and Its Impact Today

February 4 at 12:30 p.m. (approx. 20 minutes), Floor 4

Join Dr. Anthony Schmidt, director of Collections & Curatorial, to learn about the Slave Bible, which was the focus of a museum exhibit in 2018 and 2019. Explore the impact of this truncated Bible on the African American experience in history and today.

The Bible’s Impact on the Abolition Movement, Part 1: Harper’s Weekly

February 11 at 2:30 p.m. (approx. 20 minutes), Floor 4

Join Yolanda Henry from our Education team, to discuss the story of the Bible and the Emancipation Proclamation by looking at its announcement in Harper’s Weekly.

The Bible’s Impact on the Abolition Movement, Part 2: Meet and Greet with Harriet Tubman

February 18 at 2:30 p.m. (approx. 20 minutes), Floor 4

Enjoy a live, in-person interpretation of Harriet Tubman that invites guests to learn more about how the Bible shaped her views on Abolition.

The Bible’s Impact on the Abolition Movement, Part 3: Meet and Greet Frederick Douglass

February 24 at 2:30 p.m. (approx. 12 minutes), Floor 4

Enjoy a live, in-person theatrical performance by One Voice Show’s Jeremiah Dew, “JDew,” of the first chapter of Fredrick Douglass’s second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom. Audience engagement will follow the performance. 

The Bible’s Impact on the Civil Rights Movement: Meet and Greet Martin Luther King Jr.

February 25 at 11:30 a.m. (approx. 11 minutes), Floor 4

Enjoy a live, in-person theatrical performance by One Voice Show’s Jeremiah Dew, “JDew,” of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Meet and Greet a Jubilee Singer from 1872

February 25 at 2:30 p.m. (approx. 10–12 minutes), Floor 4

Enjoy a live, in-person theatrical performance by One Voice Show’s Jeremiah Dew, “JDew,” of a Fisk University Jubilee Singer from 1872.

Can’t Make it to the Museum?

Engage Online with Black History Month at the Museum

The Book Minute

Every Monday in February, we’ll be releasing a story about the Bible in Black history. Sign up today to receive them in your inbox, or check back each week to catch the latest here. The first story is about the first African American to be ordained as a minister. Do you know who it is? Click the button to find out!

Museum of the Bible Magazine

Don’t miss our article on Vernon A.M.E. Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose biblical faith sustained them through the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Read how the museum helped the church restore an important historical register.

The Museum Collections

Explore some of the artifacts in our collections that show the Bible’s role in Black history, including artifacts from Phillis Wheatley, George R. Rome, and more.