“Objects are what matter. Only they carry the evidence that throughout the centuries something really happened among human beings.” — Claude Levi-Strauss
Isn’t that really the grand allure of PBS’s most highly-rated series, Antiques Roadshow ? Beyond the obvious thrill of seeing someone find out that they’re dusty old attic discovery is worth a bundle, it’s in learning the history of said object that we all get to walk away from the show a little richer.
And history is set to come alive in a very special way this coming Monday as Antiques Roadshow honors Black History Month with a special episode, Celebrating Black Americana. Highlights include the intriguing 1885 oil painting Dancing for Eels; an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Check out the preview, below.
Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana airs Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9/8C. For helpful suggestions on how to use Antiques Roadshow in your classroom (grades 7-12), visit PBS LearningMedia.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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