MIDDLETOWN, NJ – During the Monmouth County Park System’s annual African American History Celebration (Tuesday-Friday, October 12-15), school groups are invited to visit the Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, Red Hill Road, Middletown, to enjoy special performances that highlight African American heritage and culture. The following programs, each presented at 9:30am and 11:00am, are open for registration.

On Tuesday, October 12, students are invited to hear compelling tales of the men and women who took extraordinary risks for freedom during “Freedom Stories.” Designed for youngsters in grades 1-2, the show is presented by gifted storyteller TAHIRA.

On Wednesday, October 13, students in grades 5-6 will enjoy “And Let Our Voices Sing.” This program will be presented by an amazing troupe of wordsmiths who highlight the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through performance or “slam” poetry.

Then, on Thursday, October 14, TC Costley and members of the New Jersey Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club will take the stage to present “The Buffalo Soldiers after the Civil War.” Students in grades 7-8 will hear stories about the accomplishments of these soldiers in the decades following the Civil War.

Finally, on Friday, October 15, students in grades 3-4 will enjoy “A Seat for Rosa.” When a child tells his aunt about a bully on his bus, she recounts the tale of Rosa Parks and the events that led to a revolution in racial justice. This delightful and poignant production includes many songs of the Civil Rights Era.

These African American History Celebration performances are free but do require pre-registration. To register for your group or for more information, please call (732) 842-4000, ext. 4383. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.