Join Virginia Humanities Board Member and BackStory host Ed Ayers; director of our African American programs, Justin Reid; and other special guests for a screening and discussion of Virginia Public Media’s new show, The Future of America’s Past.
Watch a screening of the show’s first episode featuring Fort Monroe, where slavery began in British North America, and a sneak-peek of season two, followed by a moderated discussion with local leaders who shape how we think about Richmond’s history today.
In addition to Ayers and Reid, the discussion will include Enjoli Moon, Founder of Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Gary Flowers, community historian and native son of Jackson Ward. The event will also include food from Mama J’s, music by the Charles Owens Trio, and remarks by Adele Johnson, executive director of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.
The Future of America’s Past is a history-meets-travel series taking viewers to fascinating and often misunderstood places across the United States. The show made its debut this Fall on VPM and PBS stations coast-to-coast. This event will be a time to watch, share and consider together how we can better understand our own city’s history and how it shapes our lives today.
This event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.