The award-winning documentary "The Tale of the Lion" was based on interviews with Living Treasures, African American citizens of Frederick County who are 90 years and older. Their perspectives on growing up in a segregated society and how it affected their daily lives give a very personal account that reflects the history of Frederick County. The documentary "The Tale of the Lion" will be screened, followed by a brief introduction and a Q & A. Barbara Thompson is often invited to various schools to speak on Black History not typically taught on an in-depth level in FCPS classrooms. Ms. Thompson joined the AARCH Society in 2012 and is the Chairperson of the Living Treasures program and of AARCH Reads, a member of the Education Committee, Growth & Development Committee, Speakers Bureau, and presently serves as the Secretary of the AARCH Society Board of Directors.
The African American History lecture series, which was organized for FCC and is presented by instructors from the African American Resources-Cultural and Hertage (AARCH) Society, offer opportunities to expand the knowledge and understanding of the students about present-day Frederick by learning about the history of African Americans in Frederick County. The lectures provide both regional and national perspectives ranging from 18th-century Enslavement to Genealogy as well as perspectives on contemporary life in the county. The Society identifies, collects, preserves, and makes publicly accessible, through its programs and services, the objects, artifacts, and stories about the history, rich heritage and culture and the contributions of African Americans in Frederick County past and present and in doing so educates, enriches, and enlightens this and future generations. Through its programs, services, research, and activities, the Society also recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary resiliency of African Americans in the County.