In celebration of Black History Month and the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative invites you to a special evening inspired by "A Bit of War History" by Thomas Waterman Wood. This series of three canvases represents the evolution of a heroic African American from newly emancipated slave, to Union army volunteer, to wounded veteran.
Speakers include Tiffany Zeno, WNBC producer; Cheryl Wills, NY1 news anchor; and Harold Holzer, the Met's senior vice president for public affairs and an award-winning Lincoln and Civil War scholar. The evening will also feature a performance by Vy Higginsen's Harlem Teen Choir. Holzer will speak about the Civil War, in particular the United States' African American troops, and the journalists will discuss their epic family histories during the Civil War. These stories will be augmented by songs from that era, which will bring a better understanding to Thomas Waterman Wood's paintings.
Please note: Seating for this event is first come, first served. Free with Museum admission: http://met.org/1676Wm7