Image courtesy the Chrysler Museum
Thomas Jefferson, Architect
Mabel O. Wilson and Louis P. Nelson In Conversation
Renowned scholars Mabel O. Wilson and Louis P. Nelson will discuss the contributions and legacy of enslaved craftsmen on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson. Wilson is a professor of architectural design at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American […]
The Secret Life of an Encyclopedia Entry
By Nora Pehrson – Virginia Humanities Communications Intern Since publishing its first content in 2008, our Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) has created a trove of nearly 2,000 entries, spanning topics from Virginia Indians to slavery to twentieth-century history. EV’s staff untangles the rich, complicated threads of Virginia’s statewide and local histories and documents them, making them […]
360 degree panorama of Buffalo Forge by Peter Hedlund
Mapping Virginia’s Slave Dwellings
Preserving Black History with Street View
A few months back we told you about a short documentary coming out from Google Earth Outreach. The six-minute film highlights the work our Encyclopedia Virginia and African American Programs are doing to document slave dwellings across Virginia. Google released that film on June 19th in honor of Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the abolition […]
Northampton County Historic Court Green
The Last Jail on the Northampton County Court Green
The film covers: a history of Northampton jails and punishment; a booming economy that influenced early 20th century changes in Northampton and the construction of the 1914 Jail; and how the 1914 Jail functioned for close to a century.
Banking on Freedom
Watch the livestream recorded June 2, 2019 at New Dominion Bookshop.
Hear Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal read from her book and take questions at New Dominion Bookshop in this public book talk from June 2, 2019. Between 1888 and 1930, African Americans opened more than a hundred banks and thousands of other financial institutions. Banking […]
Bob (L) and Rex (R) Alphin, Isle of Wight County peanut farmers. Photo courtesy of Amy Drewry and Felice Hancock.
The Virginia Peanut Story – Film Screening and Discussion
Join us for a free public screening of The Virginia Peanut Story. This 57-minute film follows the peanut from its origins in South America to Africa and on to the Virginia Colony. The story takes the legume from being a lowly food grown for home use to being the basis for big businesses. The story includes […]
Performing History: Sally Hemings in the Artist’s Imagination
In this panel, Victory Hall Opera presents African-American women artists and scholars, discussing what “Sally Hemings” means to them in their work and consciousness. How do the facts of history inform the artist’s creativity, and vice-versa? How can a figure about whom we know so little mean so much to so many, and why has […]
The Richmond-based illustrator Carson McNamara produced this and five other illustrations to accompany each episode of American Dissent.
Just Say No
Podcast series considers dissent in America, from James Madison to Colin Kaepernick
By Brendan Wolfe We had to call it something,” Kelley Libby told me, referring to a new, five-part podcast she developed in collaboration with James Madison’s Montpelier. “So we decided on ‘American Dissent.’” I was in Libby’s office back in July, when the series, released on September 17, was still under production. “How’d you come […]
Liberation and Freedom Day
Liberation and Freedom Day, commemorating the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, will be celebrated in Charlottesville on Sunday, March 3, 2019 with observances held at the University of Virginia. Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the Rotunda Dome Room with remarks by chaplains of the United Ministries […]
Justin Reid visits the kitchen quarters at Ampthill Plantation in Cumberland County on July 3, 2017. Photo by Peter Hedlund/Virginia Humanities
The Long Roads of Memory
By David Bearinger Justin Reid tells the story this way. In 2014 he set out to find the site where his ancestors had been enslaved. What he found was not only a line connecting him to some of the most prominent families in Virginia, but also an unexpected lesson in the power of place to […]
Clockwise from top left: Carter Woodson, Mildred Loving with her daughter Peggy, illustration from 'The Negro in Virginia', Irene Morgan, Henry Box Brown. See Encyclopedia Virginia for sources
Stories of African Americans from Virginia History
Our shared historical narratives—whether Black, White, or Brown—are all interconnected and can’t be understood in isolation from each other. For that reason, we’re always striving to tell more complete, inclusive histories, every month of the year, in everything we do. But February is a time when we stop and examine those intertwined narratives with an […]