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Black History Month

Black History Month

The Virginia Living Museum celebrates Black History Month with information and activities relating to African American scientists and the popular planetarium program “ Follow the Drinking Gourd.”

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Saturdays in February at 4:30pm

Cost: Admission free, does not include admission to the Museum.

“Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. The program is based on a children’s book, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams into a timeless experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Every Thursday in February – Learn about a scientist!

Look for information as we profile African American scientists and join us on Thursdays in February at 11am and 1pm for a special activities.

February 7 at 11am and 1pm

Learn about Lauren Prox

Lauren Prox is a native of Newport News who has done amazing things to reach new heights! From learning to fly a plane, to being a Gold Award Winner through Girl Scouts for her aviation themed workshops and workbooks, her goal is to get more youth involved in STEM based learning.

Learn more about her passion for aviation with this special activity: making your own paper airplane.



February 14 at 11am and 1pm

Learn about John Robinson

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, John Robinson has flown all over the world to look for and learn about birds. He has been birding for almost 40 years, and loves to share his passion for birds through leading birding trips across North and Central America. He wrote: Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers to help inspire more people of color to enjoy bird watching.

Join us for an owl pellet dissection and a talk about native birds of Virginia from a museum educator.


February 21 at 11am and 1pm

Learn about Ayana Johnson

Ayana Johnson is a Brooklyn, NY, native with a love for the ocean. Not only is she a a marine biologist, an environmental policy expert, and a conservation strategist, she has founded a variety of organizations such as the Blue Halo Initiative which is the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort, resulting in the protection of one-third of Barbuda’s coastal waters.

Find out how the chemistry of water impacts life in the ocean through pH testing from VLM educator.


February 28 at 11am and 1pm

Learn about Bishop Curry

Bishop Curry from McKinney, TX, is a kid who is making a positive impact through his invention. He is 11 years old and has a patent for his invention called Oasis. Oasis is a device that attaches to a child’s car seat and can sense if a child is left alone in a hot car and would then blow