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History Explorer Day: African American History in Appomattox
February 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of learning about African American history in Appomattox. The event will include living history, informal interpretation, children’s activities, and a panel discussion with local historians, museum professionals, and community stakeholders. The discussion will focus on the present condition and future of Black History. Don’t miss out on this informative and engaging event!
10:00 AM – 2:00PM
Interact with our education staff to learn about the history and progression of slavery and freedom in American history through a hands-on activity.
“From Tragedy to Triumph, The Martha Ann Fields Story”
Listen to the story of Martha Ann Fields, an enslaved cook and one of the unsung heroes of Hampton Roads. She escaped with her eight children, seeking freedom at Fort Monroe. Historical Interpreter and award-winning Djelimusa (African storyteller) Valerie Davis captures this formerly enslaved woman’s physical, historical, and spiritual essence from the Nutshell Plantation in Hanover County. Martha Ann’s story is a testament to faith and courage.
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Participate in a panel discussion with local historians, museum professionals, and community stakeholders on the current and future state of Black History.