Roots of Segregation in Virginia

African American Heritage  •  History

At a June community event hosted by VFH’s History United program, historian Ed Ayers explored the roots of segregation. Held at historic High Street Baptist Church in Danville, Ayers discussed Virginia’s history of segregation, disfranchisement, and resistance from emancipation into the early 20th century.

As Ayers reminded the audience in his talk, history well explored can allow us to see the gap between what we would like to be and what we are, to fully accept the scars of our past and trust that “greatness lies in front of us, not behind us.”

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