UNDER THE FREEDOM TREE for Black History Month


Calling all teachers, librarians, and booksellers: For Black History Month, remember the award-winning Under the Freedom Tree, as seen in and recommended by USA Today. In taut free verse, this compelling picture book tells the daring story of the contraband slaves of the Civil War, who launch the beginning of slavery’s end near and under the sheltering tree known today as Emancipation Oak. Now available in paperback!

Photos, video, educators’ resources—including a readers theater script and Common Core-aligned teacher’s guide—at

© Susan Wood 2022