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December 2020

Book Talk with Ryan K. Smith: Death and Rebirth in a Southern City

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Issues of race and war have shaped Richmond's identity and that of its cemeteries in profound ways. The city's places of burial illustrate how the color line held fast through otherwise monumental changes and reveal a revolution taking place, today, as activist groups step forward to reorganize and reclaim the commemorative landscape for once marginalized communities while redefining Confederate memory. Through archival research, landscape analysis, and extensive oral histories discover the power and importance of these sites. Ryan K. Smith…

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History Happy Hour: The Homestead Act of 1862 and the Black Exodus of 1879

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1879, thousands of emancipated African Americans made use of 1862's Homestead Act and migrated to Colorado, Oklahoma, and especially Kansas, seeking a way out of the repressive conditions in the South. Discover how John Brown's memory inspired this migration to Kansas "because of the sacredness of her soil washed by the blood for the cause of black freedom." With Ana Edwards, ACWM

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