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Trail to Freedom Resources Tool Kit for Teachers

The Trail to Freedom Resources Tool Kit for Teachers Internship (3 Credit /Fall 2013)

The Trail To Freedom Committee (formerly the Crossing Work Group) is a conglomeration of historic sites and city government officials who have a desire to continue the efforts began in 2009 to commemorate and interpret the thousands of slaves who passed to freedom in the Fredericksburg region—many of them crossing the Rappahannock—throughout the Civil War.  The TFC will not just focus on the moment of freedom, but will understand and interpret newly freed slaves’ uncertain journey into freedom—their quest to find work and homes in a reordered society—including the decision by some to return as soldiers to fight for others’ freedom. By undertaking research, developing interpretive media, supporting artistic expression, and practicing continuous outreach to the public and other historical organizations, The Trail to Freedom Committee will establish freedom and emancipation as clear and present themes in this region’s historical narrative, demonstrating The Crossing’s relevance to the nation, to individuals directly affected, and to the generations that have followed.

The Crossing Education Committee, in association with the larger TFC, will work with Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg schools to develop special programs for children—4, 5, 6, as well as high schools—that make connections between the experience of ancestors and those of their descendants, demonstrating how the achievement of freedom and equality was iterative, begotten of immense sacrifice and courage spanning generations.

Internship Description

The goal of the Trail to Freedom Resources Tool Kit is to fulfill the mission of the Trail to Freedom Education committee and provide local area teachers with an introduction to the regional story of the 12,000 self emancipated African Americans and the experience of their descendants and that of the local African American community from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.  Created annually for educators and students, this portfolio will include, but not be limited to:  An introduction to regional histories and stories, timelines, lesson plans, resources for in-school visits, reading lists, resources for living history organizations, music or re-enactment groups, digital resources, and referrals to regional attractions and resources.  All resources will be supported by the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Project Outline: The intern will work closely with members of The Trail to Freedom Education Subcommittee, local area historians, and a content editor in order to research and write the fourth chapter of a teacher compatible primary sources resource booklet outlining the experiences of local African Americans during the civil rights movement.  The internship is structured to provide the intern with real-world experience in project management in a non-profit environment.


–       Researching local area history

–       Writing SOL compatible narratives

–       Collecting and organizing narratives and material from a variety of sources

–       Working with various non-profit organizations and educators

–       Conducting oral histories with local area residents as needed

–       Provide administrative support to departments as needed

–       Design chapter layout

–       Handle special projects as assigned including research and support on African American Gallery Guide and exhibition support.

Preferred Majors: History, English, Education, Historic Preservation, Anthropology,  Museum Studies.

Ideal candidates will be highly organized and articulate, with strong history research and writing skills. Candidate must be able to multi-task and be able to problem-solve independently and collaborate with others.  Candidate must have access to their own vehicle. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel programs.  Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign experience preferred.  Work hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules.

Deadline: September 13, 2013

Please email resume, Cover letter, references, and a writing sample in ONE email to education@famcc.org


Tramia Jackson

Director of Education & Public Programs

Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center