Lumpkin's Jail - Courtesy of Special Collections, UVA
Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Woman at Lumpkin’s Jail
Virginia Humanities Fellow Kristen Green is working on a book that will tell the story of Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who is believed to have given birth to at least five children fathered by Robert Lumpkin.
Bol Gai Deng is running for President of South Sudan from his home base in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Bol Gai Deng was born in a Sudanese village so remote that, he says, no one there knew they were living in a place called Sudan. Life revolved around tending cattle and fishing the nearby rivers. He remembers watching the stars at night and wondering about the world. War came. Bol was kidnapped when he […]
BackStory Podcast Receives NEH Grant
Virginia Humanities at the University of Virginia received $460,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its award-winning program BackStory. The award is part of the $18.6M in grants announced by the NEH on Monday. BackStory, the American history podcast, will produce a new series of episodes with accompanying resources for […]
Nate Leath and the Wildmans
Announcing Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2018-2019
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the 2018-2019 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master artists are selected through a competitive process in all forms of Virginia’s expressive cultures. The eight new teams join more than one hundred pairs of masters and apprentices who have taken part in the […]
Dyvonne King (left) and Jahonna Scott (right) recording an original song about the Unsung Heroes of Historic Brookland Park.
Using a process known as “Transformative Language Arts” local youth gather oral histories and bring them to life using creative writing, storytelling, songwriting, and dramatic performance.
Frances Latimer in the archives at the Northampton County Courthouse, where she did much of her research.
Announcing Latimer Fund for Grants Exploring African American Life in Virginia
George A. and Frances Bibbins Latimer Fund will support grants exploring African American life and achievement in Virginia
#UnseenCville Public Art Installations Explore Race & History in Charlottesville
Virginia Humanities Collaborates with UVA Students and Professors to Install Power-washed Text Quotations Charlottesville, Virginia—Following a critical reexamination of monuments and memorials in Charlottesville and nationwide, Virginia Humanities announces a series of public art installations in downtown Charlottesville and around University of Virginia (UVA) Grounds in conjunction with its 24th annual Virginia Festival of the […]
#UnseenCville Public Art Installations Explore Race & History in Charlottesville - Photo by Eze Amos
“Visible reality hides a deeper one…things unseen.” – James Baldwin, 1962 America is not “post-racial,” and neither is Charlottesville. Over the coming weeks, #UnseenCville is scrubbing away the dirt of our city’s sidewalks, revealing passages from The Fire This Time, a new reflection on James Baldwin’s 1963 essay The Fire Next Time. Find the quotes, explore […]