Black History

Fort Valley State University Celebrates Black History. We walked the yard and asked students, faculty and staff how they felt about Black History Month.

#1 Quanasia Spivey & Maurice Thompson:

#2 Nia Freeman & Carl Story:  

#3 Adrian Jackson & Abrya Gates:   


A descendent of one of the visionaries behind the founding of Fort Valley State University offers a glimpse into the institution’s past by sharing historic family documents that chronicle FVSU’s earliest days.

Evelyn Peters-Washington is the granddaughter of the Rev. James Holman Peyton. The minister was the father-in-law of Thomas McAfee, one of the 18-member coalition of men (15 African American and three white) who petitioned the Houston County Superior Court in 1895 for a charter to establish a public school for black children. In addition to sharing the family’s historic documents that detailed Peyton’s role in FVSU’s history, Peters-Washington also shared some of the family’s personal sacrifices that came as a result of the coalition’s efforts to create the new schools.

Learn more about her visit by watching the clip below.

FVSU Events:

Rep Your Heritage Day

Every Wednesday in February

Students, in honor of Black History Month, instead of “Dress for Success Wednesday,” we ask that you represent your heritage by wearing attire that represents your roots. Post selfies using #FVSUheritageDay.

Gospel Luncheon

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wildcat Dining Services

Meet us in the café for a Gospel Luncheon that will feature gospel music and black history trivia questions. Win cash prizes.

Local Events:

Black History Month at The Tubman

Visit the Tubman Museum (Tubman Museum, 310 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31302) during 2017 Black History Month for the following special events that are scheduled for the enjoyment of visitors of all ages.

Lunch Mix on February 15 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Join us at the Tubman Museum to kick off Black History Month with a mix of sounds and culture during our Brown Bag Lunch Mix! Enjoy your lunch at the Tubman, then take a self-guided tour of the Museum, while listening to the artistic stylings of African and African American culture. Read more here

Color Contest on February 1 through February 25

During the month, our K-5 visitors can tell us what the Black History Month commemoration means to them. They are invited to color a picture as their contest entry for a chance to win two admission tickets to the museum.

Drop-In Tours on February 18 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)

Follow along during special tours that highlight songs and secrets of the African American tradition. 

Tubman Classics on February 10 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Join us for a screening of the documentary, The Loving Story, which launches our “1st Annual Pan African Film Festival of Georgia.” Light refreshments. Read more here

Spirit Jug Workshop on February 11 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Come and learn the significance and importance of a spirit jug in the African American culture during this Second Saturday program. Visitors can bring their own container (milk jug, Mason jar, etc.) and create their own spirit jug. Read more here

Riding the Underground Railroad Workshop on February 21 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Follow the Underground Railroad through the stories of individuals who helped thousands of enslaved people to freedom. In this program, Tubman Museum guests will hear about the many people who worked in the Abolitionist Movement and supported the Underground Railroad. We will talk about the various ways enslaved people escaped and the difficult journey they successfully and unsuccessfully made to the Free States and Canada. During the program, everyone will learn about quilt symbols, the importance of music in providing information, methods of escape employed, and the secret messages of the Underground Railroad. Read more here

Library Week “Storytime” on February 21 through February 25 (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

The Tubman Museum is partnering with the Middle Georgia Regional Library during Library Week for “Storytime.” Our educators will be on site at different branches to conduct a special activity on the following schedule. 

  • Tuesday at Shurling Library
  • Wednesday at Charles A. Lanford, M.D. Library
  • Thursday at Washington Memorial Library
  • Friday at Riverside Library

Community Drumming on February 22 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

Come and have some fun while drumming with Brother Kwame and Wes Stephens. Visitors will learn about the art of drumming and call and response. Read more here

Quilt Making Workshop on February 23 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)

Children of all ages can make their own quilt! Everyone will also learn the importance of quilts in African American history and culture. Read more here

Interpreted Spirituals on February 25 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Join us as the Tubman Museum takes a look at Negro Spirituals and their poetic utility over the course of the African American struggle. Read more here

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