Fort Monroe Theater
42 Tidball Road Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA
In May 2017 then governor Terry McAulliffe signed HB 2296, calling for a task force to “identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes.” After a year of outreach to statewide preservation experts and community stakeholders, the African American Cultural Resources Task Force is inviting the public to a free event exploring preservation efforts in Virginia.
The summit is co-hosted by Virginia Humanities, the Department of Historic Resources, Preservation Virginia, and Virginia Africana Associates.
Brent Leggs, director of the National Trust’s newly-launched $25 million African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will deliver remarks.
Additional speakers include:
- Delegate Delores McQuinn
- Senator Mamie Locke
- Niya Bates, public historian of slavery & African American life at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
- Jim Hare, director of the Survey & Register Division at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
- Lauranett Lee, public historian and professor at the University of Richmond
- Chardé Reid, College of William & Mary Anthropology PhD student and Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist
- Justin Reid, director of African American Programs at Virginia Humanities
- Justin Sarafin, director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement at Preservation Virginia
- Hannah Scruggs, public historian of African American history at James Madison’s Montpelier
This is event is free and open to the public. Casual attire.