This year, Super Bowl Sunday is not just a day about football. The big game happens to fall on National Freedom Day. Never heard of it? National Freedom Day is a day that Americans are supposed to commemorate, except many of us haven't even heard of it.

According to the Constitution Center, it all began back on February 1, 1865 when President Lincoln signed the joint congressional resolution proposing the 13th Amendment which would abolish slavery. Richard Wright was a 9-year-old slave at the time, but he would grow up to become the inspiration for Whittier's poem Howard at Atlanta, as well as a military officer, educator, and a banker. At the age of 86, Wright lobbied for the creation of National Freedom Day, which was signed into federal code by President Harry Truman in 1948.

In honor of Lincoln, Wright, and National Freedom Day, we've got some history fun for you and the kids!

Lincoln Flag

Pick your favorite President Lincoln quote, focusing on freedom, and turn it into a work of art. The blog, Surviving a Teacher's Salary has a great tutorial for this fun project. You'll teach your children a bit of history while creating a patriotic piece of interest for you home.

Lincoln Handprint

All little kids love making things using their handprints — at least mine do. This cute handprint turned into President Lincoln from Detail Oriented Diva is a fun and easy history craft for children to learn about our 16th president.

Harriet Tubman Triarama

Teach your children about the Underground Railroad and the escape to freedom with this craft from Crayola. Talk about what it was like for slaves to fight for their freedom, and the importance of standing up for your rights and the rights of others.

Howard at Atlanta

Read the poem by Whittier with a focus on the line: "General, tell 'em we're rising!" This is the line inspired by a young Wright. Those words became the anthem for the black middle class after the war.

Visit a Historical Site

If you happen to live near one of these historical Underground Railroad sites, visit them to see the places slaves stopped on their way to freedom. You may also be able to visit a home where slaves once lived and worked to learn about what like was like for a slave in America.

So forget about football! Celebrate the end of slavery, the fight for civil rights, and National Freedom Day!