Teen SciCafe: Stars to Freedom

Part of Teen SciCafe

Friday, February 17, 2023

A photograph of the nighttime sky, with thousands of stars and bright, cloudy splotches of the Milky Way visible. Courtesy of N. Anderson/Unsplash
Throughout human history, people have looked to the stars for both their brilliance and for navigation.

Polaris, the North Star, was a guiding beacon and a glimmer of hope in the night sky for those who sought freedom from slavery. 

This Black History Month, join astronomer Jackie Faherty and historian Georgette Grier-Key to explore how Freedom Seekers used stars to find their way north. Discover how people throughout the centuries have used the stars’ location in the night sky as a wayfinding tool.

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges Amazon for its sponsorship of the Teen SciCafe series. 

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