A Groundskeeper at Sweet Briar House, c. 1910s. Sweet Briar College Library
Sweet Briar’s Invisible Founders: Two Centuries of African American Labor
Join VFH Fellow Lynn Rainville for a public talk on her upcoming book about how two centuries of African American labor transformed a plantation into a college. Due out in 2018 with Berghahn Press, her book will be an in-depth study of an enslaved community and the many unrecognized contributions they made to create an […]
Finding What Has Been Lost
The Botetourt County Historical Museum will debut a special exhibit beginning February 1, 2017. The exhibit, titled “What Has Been Lost,” focuses on Botetourt County’s African American Community. The exhibit includes a series of pictures, documents, and artifacts, each telling the story of the African American citizens who made Botetourt their home. Much of the information features […]
African American photojournalist Ernest Withers at the King Memorial March in Memphis 1968 - Photo by Jack Hurley, Courtesy Univ Memphis Special Collections
Telling Untold Stories
VFH Fellows Investigate the Lives of African American Trailblazers
These three fellows—of the dozen typically in residence at VFH during an academic year—are each at work on a biography of a relatively unknown figure whose story illuminates an era.
Camille Pissarro, "Women Chatting by the Sea," 1856
Impressionism and the Black Atlantic
French Impressionist innovations in color, light and subject matter revolutionized western art. Those advances took place in an age of political upheaval—and of slave emancipation in the Americas. To a surprising extent, Impressionist-era artists were fascinated with African-American and Caribbean subjects. Join VFH Fellow Jon Sensbach as he explores the little-known influence of black freedom on […]
The Unmasking: Race & Reality in Richmond
As part of Richmond Magazine’s three-part learning series, The Unmasking: Race and Reality in Richmond, Dr. Lauranett Lee, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities board member and former curator of African-American history at the Virginia Historical Society, will participate in a panel discussion. The panel, titled The Backstory Breakdown, is the second part of the series. […]
The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA’s human computers.
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.