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Students, parents, teachers and staff can purchase tickets to see Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen at Washington fundraiser for 'thank-you' price of $25.

Date published: 6/1/2006

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The facility has already collected between 5,000 and 6,000 slavery-related artifacts, including furniture, documents, shackles and collars.

The city's schools have displayed some of those artifacts and have purchased Standards of Learning-related materials from the museum for use in teaching American history, Catlett said. Museum officials have, in turn, offered workshops for teachers about slavery in America, she said.

Debra Daniels, the museum's director of operations, said the facility will be a major resource for students and educators. Offering them discounted tickets is a way to emphasize the museum's educational benefits, she said.

"This is basically an educational center. It's not just going to be a museum," Daniels said. "It's a learning experience."

The special ticket offer was extended to all five city schools: Hugh Mercer Elementary School, Lafayette Upper Elementary, Walker-Grant Middle School, James Monroe High School and Old Walker Grant, where the Head Start programs are located, Catlett said.

For information on securing a $25 ticket, contact Walker-Grant Middle School at 540/372-1145 or the U.S. National Slavery Museum at 540/548-8818. Regular tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

For more information on the slavery museum, visit usnsm.org on the Web.

To reach EDIE GROSS:540/374-5428
Email: egross@freelancestar.com


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