Posts Tagged History

Connecting Past to Present: Facing Uncomfortable Truths, Honoring UVA’s Slaves at First Symposium

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More than 50 people spent the night behind UVA’s Pavilion IX during the Slave Dwelling Project’s largest ever sleepover. (Credit: Jordy Yager)

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.

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First Thanksgiving in New England? Virginia Beat Them to It.

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Credit: The First Thanksgiving / Jean Louis Gerome Ferris

Here’s a little Thanksgiving trivia for your holiday table. The Pilgrims did not celebrate the first Thanksgiving. That’s a distinction claimed by Florida. Even Virginia has an earlier Thanksgiving than Massachusetts. Michael Pope has more.

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