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February 19, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
A New York City street busy with horsecars and pedestrians around 1850.

100 years before Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Jennings Graham refused to give up her seat.  Join us for special family programs celebrating the story and spirit of this civil rights pioneer.


History on Wheels

10:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm:  Middle of the Platform

Make discoveries and learn fun facts about public transportation through handling materials that rotate with each monthly theme.  All ages.


Performance: Welcome to Elizabeth’s Classroom 

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm:  Screening Room, Mezzanine

Hear the story of Elizabeth Jennings Graham from a modern-day teacher named after the woman who won a landmark case in the push towards desegregating public transportation in New York City.  Limited seating given on a first-come first-served basis.  Ages 5+ and accompanying adults


Artmaking: Community Heroes Signs 

11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm:  Gaster Education Center, back of the Mezzanine

Drop into the Education Center to be inspired by Elizabeth’s efforts for equality in our transit system, and think about how we can work to make our communities better.  Who are some of the everyday heroes who have made positive changes in our communities?  What other changes would you like to see?  Create signs to honor or suggest this work, and then carry your signs throughout the museum!  Ages 5+ and accompanying adults


Build a City

12:00pm-2:00pm:  On the Streets Exhibit, Mezzanine

Use your imagination to build and play with big, blue blocks.  Ages 2-7 and accompanying adults


Museum Highlights

12:00pm-1:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm:  Meet at the front of the Mezzanine, next to the lobby

Join this tour to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.  Ages 12+


Reading Nook

11:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm:  On the Streets Exhibit, Mezzanine

Explore child-friendly books about equal rights and social justice at your own pace, and reflect on Elizabeth Jennings Graham and her efforts for equality.


Multimedia Timeline: Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Ongoing:  Lunchroom, Mezzanine

Stop by the lunch room to learn more about the life and times of Elizabeth Jennings through historical sketches and early photographs, a timeline of surface transportation in New York City, and more about others who fought for equal rights during and after Elizabeth Jennings’s lifetime.


February 19, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
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Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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