The Henrietta Marie
has provided a rich medium for education and learning. The
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society has a Discovery Room
for children to explore the Henrietta Marie and her
Marie posters for the classroom are currently available
from the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Education
Department. There are 8 highly informative posters and are
FREE plus $5.50 for shipping.
To get an idea of the content, please visit the history
section of this site and the posters are generated in
web format for viewing. Please contact the Education
place an order.
Marie: A Slave Ship Speaks Instructional
Social Justice is not an easy task. The University of
California department Teaching of Social Justice has made
great strides in advancing strategies that work in the
classroom and with informal centers of learning. In
association with this faculty, a team of teachers and
educators has worked at the Mel Fisher Maritime History
Museum to bring you a set of instructional materials
suitable for the classroom.
targeted age group is from grade 4 to 9. The materials
conform to the Sunshine State and National Standards.
Units include mathematics, science, history and music, art
and theater. Inherent in the work is development of
are numerous ideas for extended activities. There are
suggestions for assessment. It is considered that the
teacher and students will devote one to three weeks on the
slave trade, using the authentic example of the Henrietta
Marie as a way to tell the story. The progression is in
chronological order. We start with the fact that we are
all ONE HUMAN FAMILY and out of Africa, then tracing
various cultural artifacts originating in Africa, e.g. the
math game mancala, progressing to the involuntary
migrations (known as the African Diaspora) in the
1500ís, 1600ís, 1700ís and 1800ís. The
instructional materials then move to the SOUNDS ABOARD THE
HENRIETTA MARIE and the SIGHTS ABOARD THE HENRIETTA
The ship sank in 1700. The materials conclude with the
marine archaeology undertakings -- EXPLORATION. The first
sighting was by Mel Fisher and his crew in 1972, and then
the excavations in the 1980ís 1990ís and the present.
The last topic is The Search Continues.
Here for the
Marie Lesson Plans
Heritage Education Program has a series of
twenty-eight classroom-test lesson plans.
Marie: A Slaver Wrecked in Florida can be
purchased for $1 plus sales tax on the county of
residence and a $1 shipping fee. Other lesson
plans are also available.
purchase a lesson plan, please contact:
Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Fax: (850) 921-2540