Alaska Highway Project honors Black History Month with 'Frozen in History'
‘Frozen in History’ was created by the Alaska Highway Project as a way to engage the community in a history that was once forgotten.The play goes on stage Thursday.
In the final years of World War II, drafted black soldiers built what is now known as the Alaska Highway. Four hundred of the soldiers even died because of the harsh elements outside of Fairbanks and weren't given credit for their sacrifice.
Jean Pollard gathered a group, the Alaska Highway Project, to make sure these soldiers are recognized. She succeeded in 2017 with the creation of African American Soldiers' Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. But there was more work to be done, according to the group.
"The two of us graduated from high school here we never heard this story. I got a minor from history at UAA never heard this story. So to me, it was like I was cheated out of this history. We all were and we want to make it so this new generation coming up will learn this history," Pollard said
In order to better educate students, the group created a curriculum for teachers about the soldiers and the play was a way to educate the community.
It's performed readers'-theater-style, using the words of the soldiers and their families. The show is free Thursday at the Mountain View Library at 6:30 p.m.
You can find the curriculum and their upcoming performance dates