History Alive offers African American History walks, excursions, and performances year round, but February's celebration is the perfect time to introduce new productions and highlight our walks and excursions.
Our skilled interpreters appear at libraries, schools, churches, and public events representing the various time periods and life experiences of real characters from African American history!
Take a field trip to Olde Towne Portsmouth for a Heroes & History Excursion designed specifically for students. Let History Alive tailor an experience for your children they'll always remember!!! Or invite us to your school for Peanutman: A Visit from George Washington Carver. This fast-paced, interactive presentation is perfect for elementary school students! Older students? Meet Revolutionary War spy, James Fayette in Black Patriot. Hear stories of emancipation BEFORE the Proclamation in Sounds Like Freedom. Learn all about the Civil Rights Movement in Change Gon' Come.
Perfect for church groups, this hour-long walking tour culminates in an interior tour of Historic Emanuel AME, Built by free and enslaved blacks as the perfect station on the Underground Railroad,
hiding places and other secret features are still visible today!
Meet the heroes and hear the history that influenced the lives of African Americans here in Portsmouth, Tidewater, and Virginia. See our Walking Tours page for more information on scheduled walks and our For Teachers page for our version created specifically for students.
Emanuel AME has always been an important stop on our Heroes and History Walk for Students, but now young people taking our new Heroes and History Excursion will be treated to an interior tour of the sanctuary, where they can see with their own eyes the features that make this historic church such an inspiration and a treasure!
Henrietta gets some magical help with her report from George Washington Carver himself when his portrait comes to life, and he steps right out of the picture frame! Look for Peanutman on our For Teachers page to book this fast-paced, interactive presentation for elementary school students of all ages!