The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded the Hannibal African-American Life and History Project and the Mark Twain Home Foundation grants in the amounts of $2,500 and $2,400, respectively.
The Hannibal African-American Life and History Project's program, "Huck Finn Freedom Center: Jim's Journey," will examine the history of slavery in Hannibal, especially around Mark Twain and the slave character Jim from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The program will open Wednesday, June 19 — the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation — at the Huck Finn Freedom Center in the Welshman's House.
The Mark Twain Home Foundation's performances, "Recollections of the Civil War," feature two reenactments portraying Mark Twain in "Mark Twain's Retreat" and a slave woman in "A True Story Repeated Word for Word Just as I Heard It." The performances are scheduled through October at the Mark Twain Museum.
The Missouri Humanities Council awards grants to support locally generated programs and projects that are based in the humanities — subjects such as history, archaeology, anthropology, literature, religion, law, philosophy and languages. Grant requests are evaluated by the Missouri Humanities Council board members in open competition, with multiple submission and review dates each year.