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Community conversations in Virginia

July 23, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

This August, The Remembering Project, a joint venture of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the College of William and Mary, and the MLK Jr. Commission, will host Community Conversations on the various ways enslaved African Americans fought for their freedom.  

As we as a nation celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project seeks to recognize and honor this anniversary through discussions and engagement with Virginia’s African-descended communities and other interested groups.  

On Friday, August 2, 2013, Karen Hughes White will introduce participants to the lives of enslaved people living in Fauquier County during the 18th and 19th centuries. Participants will be introduced to how these Virginians resisted the institution of slavery in their daily lives using archival collections, which will be followed by an open dialogue. This Conversation will take place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Afro-American Historical Association, The Plains, VA.

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, a Memorial Procession and Concert will honor those who resisted slavery through flight and by joining the Contraband movement. This event will take place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Warrenton, VA.

For more information on the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project and a listing of past and future events, please visit

This programming is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.