This project is adapted from the freed slaves’ tradition of remembering their ancestors by creating memory bottles and hanging them in a nearby tree. Artist educators visit each class and help students fill a bottle with tributes and memories relating to their own experiences. Students also develop a ceremony for placing the bottle in a tree on the school grounds. On another day, each class performs a ceremony and raises the bottle into the tree. Schools can choose to participate in a whole school ceremony at the conclusion of the day or share the tree and its creation with families and the community.

Information: Audience Limit:25, Program Length:45 min. Appropriate For Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th.


Elementary School, Middle School


New Jersey NJ, Pennsylvania PA

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