Throughout 2019 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation commemorates 40 years of African-American historical interpretation, inviting guests and the community to experience spotlighted programming, a series of community conversations on the past, present and future of the Foundation’s work, and a special exhibition in remembrance of the African-American men and women of Williamsburg who helped forge the nation.
Join historians, interpreters and museum specialists as they discuss the future of African American Programming. What stories still need to be told? And what will the future bring in new innovations?
As we celebrate 40 years of African American programming at Colonial Williamsburg, you are invited to walk back in time and follow the development of African American programming. Forty years in the making, the Revealing the Priceless exhibition highlights Colonial Williamsburg's efforts to tell the story of Williamsburg’s eighteenth-century enslaved children, women, and men.
Witness a compelling moment in the life of an 18th century person. Then join the discussion as the actor interpreter shares how they brought the character to life.
Caesar Hope was a celebrated figure in the city who, as their barber, gained a unique perspective on the most notable gentlemen of the time. Stop in to his shop and meet this iconic figure as he shares his incredible life's story with you.
Over a game of chess Thomas Jefferson and his manservant, Jupiter, challenge and amuse each other. Are all men created equal? In this depiction of a private moment in the life of a very public figure, chess becomes a metaphor for the power dynamics present in the master/slave relationship.
The sankofa bird symbol originated with the Akan people of West Africa in what is modern-day Ghana. In the region’s Twi dialect, “sankofa” means “return and get it.” The sankofa bird, looking back at its own tail, represents the African diaspora’s recovery of its shared past in order to secure its future.