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In the roughly 100 years between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, black Virginians achieved new freedom and civil rights while also facing new forms of threats. Explore how individual Americans in Central Virginia maintained their humanity in the face of these challenges and fought for their rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
11 AM: Dylan Pritchett, storyteller
Join storyteller Dylan Pritchett as he weaves together stories and songs from the Civil War era that examine the time, challenges, and gumption to move forward.
1 PM: Dr. Hezteine Foster
Discuss challenges Dr. Foster faced as the first African-American teacher in the all white Appomattox School System, along with teaching at Longwood University.
2:30 PM: Dr. William Kurtz, Nau Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia
Explore the new research into local black Virginians who joined the US Colored Troops, including their escape from slavery and their challenges as free men after the Civil War.