Admission to the Center is FREE on Monday, February 15, courtesy of TD Bank


Philadelphia, PA (February 4, 2016) – Celebrate African American History Month at the National Constitution Center all month long this February with family-friendly programs and activities, including arts and crafts, games, an Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop, the interactive Breaking Barriers Show and The Story of We the People, the Center’s main exhibit, which highlights key milestones in African-American history. Visitors to the Center in February will also be the first to see Headed to the White House, the Center’s newest feature exhibit that takes visitors from the campaign trail to the Oval Office all in one visit, open February 12 through November 13.

Admission to the Center and the museum’s daily programming for African American History Month is free on Monday, February 15, courtesy of TD Bank.

African American History Month Programs
Special Events
Presidents Day
Monday, February 15
Visitors are invited to attend Presidents Day featuring free admission courtesy of TD Bank. In addition to regularly scheduled African American History Month programs, families will have the opportunity to participate in crafting activities, visit the story corner to hear classic tales from African-American history and join in on the Center’s Presidents Day celebrations.

Daily Programs

Exhibit Highlight: The Thirteenth Amendment
Main Exhibit
2015 marked the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. The National Constitution Center displays a copy of the historic document that was signed by Abraham Lincoln.
Breaking Barriers Show
Main Exhibit
The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout American history—providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual’s civic actions can impact a nation.
Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop              
Main Exhibit
Take a closer look at the museum’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn more about its history, the history of the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
African American History Self-Guided Tour
Main Exhibit
Pick up a flier at the Information Desk to take a self-guided museum tour highlighting important moments in African-American history. Featuring:
  • A signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • President Obama inauguration artifacts, including a signed copy of his 2008 “More Perfect Union” speech, delivered at the National Constitution Center
  • The American National Tree, featuring influential African-Americans including Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ward Connerly, John Lewis, and 2012 Liberty Medal winner Muhammad Ali
  • An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision
  • A letter highlighting Ida B. Wells’ efforts to expose violence in the Jim Crow South
Giant Game Board Activity
Main Lobby
As part of the Center’s interactive daily programming in February, visitors can test their knowledge of African-American history at the Center’s Giant Game Board.

About the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.” As theMuseum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit