Exploring: African American Heritage

Historic Preservation Redefined


African American Programs

Join Mrs. Elvatrice Belsches, Mr. Marcus James, Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee, and Ms. Talesia Johnson for a local history presentation and discussion on community history preservation in Richmond, VA.

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Commodity Chains and Chained Commodities

Calvin Schermerhorn


VFH Fellow Calvin Schermerhorn examines how slavery was intimately tied to Northern and transatlantic financial institutions by following the odyssey of Sam Watts, an enslaved twenty-two-year-old man first bought in Virginia in 1831.

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2013 Virginia Universities and Race Histories Conference


November 8-9Nau Hall at the University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA This inaugural statewide conference will bring together faculty, students, administrators, staff and community members for dialogue on slavery, its aftermath and its persistent influence on the present at Virginia’s colleges and universities. With keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Wilder commencing the conference proceedings on Friday evening, […]

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In the Shadow of Stalin

Unknown Artist
Portrait of Lloyd Patterson (b. 1910, Bronx, NY – d. 1942, Moscow, USSR), n.d., 2002
Oil on canvas, 35 x 43 3/4 in, 88.9 x 111.13 cm
Courtesy Andrew Leddy


African American Artists and Intellectuals in Soviet Russia – This symposium explores the experience of African Americans who visited and worked in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. Saturday Oct. 26, Charlottesville, VA.

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