African American history is weighted with tragedy, but bringing the fullness of life to the stories of enslaved individuals is the mission of the African American History Program under the direction of Stephen Seals.
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The diverse relationships between slaves and masters were governed by kindness, betrayal, trust, and cruelty. A new Electronic Field Trip, “Harsh World, This World” examines the complex familiarity of slavery.| Transcript
African American history is both discovered in and continued by an ancient oral tradition. Richard Josey describes the process of restoring a community’s voice.| Transcript
Jumping the broom was a marriage ceremony rich with meaning for communities denied traditional rights. Training Specialist Rose McAphee describes the wedding recreated weekly at Colonial Williamsburg’s Great Hopes Plantation.| Transcript
A historic headmistress devotes her days to educating enslaved children. Interpreter Antoinette Brennan shares the biography of Ann Wager.| Transcript
A man purchases his enslaved family to set them free. James Ingram shares the tale.| Transcript