Lynn’s Shoe Industry Revealed: The Northern Slavery Issue

Lynn’s Shoe Industry Revealed: The Northern Slavery Issue

Lynn 8th grade social studies teacher Jenny Winter helped her students understand the under-represented story of slavery in the local region through a partnership with the Lynn Museum.  Students met with museum staff to understand how the collections might illuminate this story.  They used objects and documents to explore the issue and came up with ideas for how the museum could create an exhibit about slavery in the North.  In this way, the students created connections to their community and also encouraged the museum to engage with new audiences.  Helping diversify the stories that the museum offers to visitors became the authentic need that the students addressed with their project.