Black History Month

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Black History MonthBlack History Month Activities and Programs

Join the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center as we celebrate Black History Month in Harrisonburg. Below are a few of the upcoming programs that will be presented in the Simms Center Auditorium throughout February. For additional information on all of these programs feel free to call 540-437-9213 or contact Stephanie Howard at





Sarah Madden:  1758-1824, Valley Connections to Montpelier

Location: Lucy Simms Center 

She was born free, indentured at President Madison's family home, and an entrepreneur following emancipation.  Her son Samuel moved to Rockingham County in the early 1800's.  Join us for a talk about this amazing woman and her legacy.  This is a free event that takes place Thursday, February 8 at 7:00pm. 


One Room Schoolhouses and their Teachers

Location:  Lucy Simms Center

Come out to listen as some local former students share their stories and educational experiences while attending one room school houses.  This is a free event that takes place Tuesday, February 13 at 2:00pm.


A Narrative of Events of the Life of Jourden H. Banks - An Escaped Slave

Location:  Lucy Simms Center

In his own words, growing up enslaved near Port Republic, Virginia.  This is a free event that takes place Saturday, February 17 at 7:00pm.