Peake Series: Mary Richards and Elizabeth Van Lew
March 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Two important Richmonders during the Civil War, how much do we really know about the mysterious formerly enslaved woman, rumored to have spied on the Davis family, and the famous southern Unionist whose family once held the other in bondage? Let’s explore what history can and can’t tell us when evidence goes missing and relationships get complex.
This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the most difficult of circumstances. The Peake Series pairs highlights from key Civil War stories in our award-winning exhibit “A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America” with special virtual programs featuring ACWM educators for an unforgettable experience for your students. Join us throughout the months of February and March as we explore lesser-known stories of the Civil War, and look at some familiar ones with fresh perspectives. All programs are free for teachers and students to attend. Simply register for the program you want to attend on our website and join our Zoom meetings every Wednesday at 9 am and 3 pm EST.