On May 30, 2018, Stacy and Jarie’s Stage IV class went on a field trip to Detroit after completing our Detroit 317 projects. Our first stop was Dickenson East Elementary school in Hamtramck, where we met our pen pals. Many of them have very different backgrounds from us, so it was really fun to exchange letters with and then finally meet them. We had recess with them and played basketball, soccer, and hung out on the playground with our pen pals and their friends.
We didn’t want to leave, but we had to get to our next spot – the Second Baptist Church. We learned a lot about the church – it was the last stop on the underground railroad and was a spot where slaves could hide before making the final journey to Canada. The church was founded by former slaves due to discrimination in the First Baptist Church. We learned a lot about the church and how slaves escaped to freedom.
Finally, we headed to the Detroit Historical Museum to listen to a storyteller play different characters – a woman with eight children looking for good jobs up in Detroit, a woman who achieved her dream of being a doctor in Detroit, and a radio host who stayed on the air for forty-eight hours helping people through the 1967 Detroit Uprising. Since we had some extra time, we looked at the streets of Old Detroit exhibit, an exhibit showing streets and shops throughout time. There was even an old fire truck parked in a barn on one side of the street. Finally, we explored more exhibits such as the car exhibit and the music exhibit. We had a super fun time exploring Detroit on our field trip.
Report written by Natalie Gibbs, Stage IV Student