Sweet Briar’s Invisible Founders: Two Centuries of African American Labor

African American Heritage | Fellowships

A Groundskeeper at Sweet Briar House, c. 1910s. Sweet Briar College Library
A Groundskeeper at Sweet Briar House, c. 1910s. Sweet Briar College Library

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference Center

145 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, VA

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 institution of higher education that, to this day, hires employees who are descended from the original plantation laborers.

By holding up a mirror to the black families at Sweet Briar College, formerly an antebellum plantation, her talk will reveal the profound social, cultural, and historical changes that took place throughout the South and the nation over the past two centuries.

This talk is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.