Avenal prison students focus on Black History Month

Black HIstory Month mural at Avenal State Prison shows civil rights leaders.
Puzzle pieces formed a Black History Month mural that will be on display during February.

Avenal State Prison Adult Education (ABE) students have been collaborating on a historical art project to learn more about Black History Month.

ABEII and III Teacher Sabrina Hamilton shared with her students the history of achievement by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in United States History.

Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

ABE II students were provided an article of a famous black contributor who excelled in civil rights, activism, politics, sports, science, industry or culture. Students then completed a written biography on what they had learned. In addition, each student completed a puzzle piece. When all those pieces were assembled, the students created a large mural featuring eight civil rights pioneers.

The mural featured:

  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Ruby Bridges
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Rosa Parks
  • Barack Obama

The mural and hand-written biographies will be on display in the Avenal prison administration hallway during Black History Month.

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Black History Month essays displayed on wall at Avenal prison.
Students studied civil rights leaders and wrote about them for Black History Month.

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