At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media.
In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this great image called “Bunny Hop | 1936” . The picture shows African American children in their Easter Monday best in front of the Lion House Addition at the National Zoo, Washington D.C., 1936. Smithsonian Institution Archives
For many African Americans in the late 1800s, Easter Sunday was a day of work and the following Monday was a day off. Consequently, Easter Monday became a day of celebration for African American communities in Washington, D.C.
The National Zoological Park was open free of charge to visitors, as it is today, and became a perfect spot for families to celebrate the Easter holiday. Children participated in an Easter Egg Roll atop Lion/Tiger Hill, while adults picnicked nearby. Each year the festivities grew, and to this day, Easter Monday is celebrated at the National Zoo.
Courtesy of BlackHistoryAlbum.com, The Way We Were.