During this Black History Month, middle school students in New Bedford got a chance to see a historical characterization of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Storyteller Guy Peartree has performed in museums, colleges and churches in New England. On Friday he performed for students at New Bedford's three middle schools.

"New Bedford kids, like all kids throughout the country need to have a strong understanding of what went on before, and if they have an emotional understanding of it by hearing and seeing, that's a wonderful way to make the connection," said Peartree.

Peartree's performance was sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society, an organization that carried out the restoration of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House in New Bedford, the first free home of Frederick Douglass.

Funding was provided through the Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism and Senator Mark Montigny (D) - New Bedford