Mr. Billy’s 5th and 6th grade class traveled to Booker T. Washington National Monument in Franklin County to get a first-hand look at what life was like for a slave. This field trip ties in with the class Pathways unit on “Amos Fortune: Free Man”, a slave who gained his freedom and purchased other slaves only to give them their freedom. The students watched a video about Booker’s life and toured his birth place. They were able to see a replica of his home for his first nine years, the blacksmith’s shop, the barn, and the animals that would have been on the plantation. The students learned how the plantation was self-sufficient and how the slaves toiled long hard days to make the plantation successful.
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