The Story Behind Hidden Figures
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
MLK Sunday Supper with History United
Danville by Choice and VFH’s History United are partnering to sponsor a “Sunday Supper” community conversation in honor of MLK Day and in a joint effort with Averett University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness. Grab a delicious Sunday afternoon beer (or wine) and join us at 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company from […]
Detail of a mural that is part of "Threads of History: Conversations with a Community"
Film Screening: Threads of History: Conversations with a Community
Threads of History is a documentary film that captures the recollections of Booker T. Washington High School alumni.
In 1867, the U.S. government prepared to try former Confederate president Jefferson Davis for treason. The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Virginia assembled a pool of twenty-four potential jurors—some white, some African American—of whom eleven are pictured above. These men were likely the first African Americans to be called to jury duty in Virginia. The trial, though, never went forward. Davis was released on bail on May 13, 1867, and the charges against him dropped in 1869.
Block the Vote
Millions of African Americans were emancipated in 1865 and given the vote. By 1901, almost all of them had lost that vote. What happened in those intervening years? VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia explores the history of the Readjuster Party in Danville, VA and how it changed Virginia politics forever.
The First Vote: Recalibrating Reconstruction
VFH Fellow Don DeBats shares findings about the patterns of early voting ballots in the years following the American Civil War as well as his current explorations into data preserved from 1860-1900 in the poll tax books and census records of two Kentucky counties.
White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia
Kiki Petrosino, poet, VFH Residential Fellow, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, will introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress. With White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia Petrosino contemplates what it means to be a mixed-race Virginian in light of the region’s fraught racial history. Inspired by research into her enslaved ancestors’ […]
Mapping Lambert’s Point Reception
Mapping Lambert’s Point is an ongoing project co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and the Political Science and Geography Department which collects oral histories of the past and present residents of Old Dominion’s neighboring community, Lambert’s Point. The project embeds the stories into a virtual map accessible online. We invite you to come to […]