Students Visit Ulster County Courthouse for Bicentennial Celebration
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, students from Kingston High School, Edson Elementary and George Washington Elementary visited the Ulster County Courthouse for its Bicentennial Celebration.
KHS students took a morning field trip to the Courthouse where they had the opportunity to view historic documents and artifacts on display and listen to featured arguments before the Justices of the Court. These students are a part of the high school’s Project C.A.P.A.B.L.E. (Community Association Providing a Better Legal Environment), the umbrella program that oversees all of the law related classes and co-curricular activities and clubs at KHS. Students also met Ulster County representatives and historians, listened to presentations about the history of the Courthouse and enjoyed a re-enactment of Sojourner Truth by Grace Angela Henery.
Fourth grade students from Edson and George Washington visited the Courthouse in the afternoon where they too had the opportunity to view the historic artifacts on display and watch the re-enactment of Sojourner Truth. They heard about her story of slavery and how she fought to bring her five-year-old son back to New York from Alabama to gain custody, ultimately winning her son’s freedom. They have been learning about Sojourner Truth over the last few weeks leading up to the field trip and this performance turned their lessons into reality, giving them an experience to remember for years to come.