May 15, 2002
Elk Grove students get
virtual tour of slave ship
Nearly 100 elementary students from
Elk Grove's Barbara Comstock Morse Elementary School will
be at California State University, Sacramento on Wednesday,
May 15 for virtual tours of artifacts from a sunken slave
The Internet-based tours will allow the students to watch
historians from UC Santa Barbara "do history" -
examining and describing objects from the slave ship Henrietta
Marie, which sank off the Florida coast nearly 300 years ago.
Also participating will be UC Santa Barbara students and elementary
students from the city of Santa Barbara, where artifacts are
on exhibit at the Karpeles Library.
The tours are made possible by the Digital California Project.
They will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Calaveras
When it isn't their turn for the virtual tour, the Elk Grove
students will get a tour of CSUS led by students who plan
to be teachers. The will also meet with Maria Mejorado, a
CSUS professor of bilingual/multicultural education, who will
build on a unit the students recently completed on the life
of Cesar Chavez. She will share "voices from the fields,"
her personal recollections of growing up as the child of migrant
laborers. A group of Mejorado's university students will also
share firsthand accounts of everyday challenges faced by migrant
The day is a joint effort of the Center for Teaching for Social
Justice at UC Santa Barbara, the Elk Grove Unified School
District and CSUS.
More information is available by contacting CSUS professor
Larry Hannah at (916) 278-5620 or Gail Desler of the Elk Grove
Unified School District at (916) 686-7710. Additional media
assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs
office at (916) 278-6156.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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