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February 2020

Spirited celebrations, talented artists and musicians, independent women, people of faith, and even a Revolutionary spy. Black History Month at Colonial Williamsburg brings to life the varied and rich stories of both free and enslaved people who lived, loved, and strove to create a better future.

More than half of 18th-century Williamsburg residents were African American. Their stories are woven into our living history year-round, but this month, we highlight these complex stories with even more programs.


Special Programs


Meet our nation builders


Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Meet a Nation Builder during your visit who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.