Posts Tagged African American History
The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly 3-dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept. Jordy Yager reports.
Every year since 1997, Virginia taxpayer money goes to repairing and restoring the graves of Confederate soldiers. Now, for the first time, the state has approved funding for history that has long been ignored: African-American cemeteries. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Henry “Box” Brown was a born into slavery in Louisa County. At 15, he was sent to Richmond.
Today, a group of musicians has chosen to honor Brown’s story with a song about his escape. They performed recently during a Black History Celebration on Virginia’s Northern Neck.
In front of an audience, many of whom were descendants of slaves, Glenn Birch told the story of Brown’s unusual and daring journey.
Accompanying Glenn Birch were fellow musicians Ellen Birch and Frank Coleman. This story was produced by Pamela D’Angelo. You can read Henry Box Brown’s narrative of his own life here.
After integration, historically black cemeteries around the state fell to the wayside, often unkempt, uncared for, and forgotten. Now a state lawmaker is hoping to bring them some much-needed attention. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.