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Celestial Observance: Museum Hosts Eclipse Program

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) community members are invited to the Crispus Attucks Museum on April 8 for a special solar eclipse program. The program will take participants on a journey through history and astronomy, celebrating the celestial wonder of a solar eclipse while honoring the legacy of Crispus Attucks and his namesake school.

The free event begins at 1 p.m. The program will take place inside the museum, providing all attendees with a comfortable and enriching environment. Solar glasses will be available for anyone interested in safely viewing the eclipse.

Feel free to bring lawn chairs for optimal viewing of the eclipse on the Crispus Attucks grounds.

The Crispus Attucks Museum, named for the local Indianapolis Public School of the same name, houses memorabilia from the first all-African-American high school in Indiana. Crispus Attucks, a Black man, was the first hero to die in the American Revolution, and the high school named in his honor was established in Indy in 1927 as a segregated school.

The program lineup includes a variety of engaging activities:
• 1:00 p.m. – Ceremony Opening, Greetings
• 1:10 p.m. – Pouring of Libations
• 1:20 p.m. – Ancestral Roll Call (Ancient Drumming)
• 1:30 p.m. – Solar Eclipse History Documentary
• 1:50 p.m. – Solar Eclipse Begins
• 2:00 p.m. – Drum Call to the Ancestors
• 2:30 p.m. – Presentation: Nutrition of the Ancients
• 3:07 p.m. – Solar Eclipse Totality is Reached
• 3:08 p.m. – Solar Eclipse Maximum Effect is Reached
• 3:09 p.m. – Solar Eclipse Totality Ends
• 4:23 p.m. – Solar Eclipse Ends (eclipse times may slightly vary)
• 4:30 p.m. – Dogon Sirius Star System / Government UAP Report

The next total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States will occur on Aug. 23, 2044.

For more information about the museum, contact Robert Chester, curator at