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Station Five - The First Reconstruction

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ebenezer AME Church
1109 Emerson Street, Evanston, Illinois

The Reconstruction climate: The South was learning how to live with the freed Black population and the freed Black population was learning how to live free with the whites. Everyone had a great desire to learn how to read and write therefore the classrooms were often intergenerational. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the 13-15th amendments gave the freed Black population the right to vote, own property, and use public accommodations.

Participants will experience:

  • Reconstruction Life stories as told by the Chicago based storytellers “In the Spirit.” They will honor the oral tradition history of the African Diaspora by taking the audience  on a journey through the First Reconstruction period.
  • The melodious sounds of the John Work Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Education was most important to the freedmen and women and many Black educational I]institutions were founded. Fisk University was one of many.

Participants will learn about:

  • The BLACK CODES, which were enacted immediately after the Civil War. They varied from each of the southern states, but the intent was to secure cheap labor and continue the philosophy that slaves were inferior beings.
February 19, 2019


In recognition of 2019 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Herskovits Library Northwestern University at Northwestern University, and numerous African American churches and organizations worked collaboratively to create this community project titled, “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston: The Mosaic of Human Community.”

All are welcome to attend any or all stations held throughout the month of February and March.


Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will experience Black history from precolonial Africa to the present day. Through various productions and representations—historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, Bible study, and Scriptures—participants will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black history. Ultimately bringing attention to the ways that these histories relate to Black Evanston/ Northshore, this 2019 community project will shed new light on “living” history in the present-day, a pursuit relevant for youth and seasoned, alike.

For more details on the opening and closing plenaries, the ten stations, and this Evanston community project, go to: