In recent years, there has been a greater effort to expand the way we commemorate and teach the Civil War by including the perspective of African Americans. But is there another way to deepen our understanding of America’s past — and its present? What can we gain by taking four hundred years of Black views on and aspirations for survival, freedom, and citizenship as a lens through which to re-examine the Civil War, rather than treating Black experiences as an “add-on”?

Join us for this thought-provoking conversation between Ana Edwards of the American Civil War Museum; Mary Lauderdale of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VirginiaLois Leveen, a 2021 Virginia Humanities Fellow; and historian and author Elvatrice Belsches.

Presented in partnership by the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and the American Civil War Museum.

Free for ACWM and BHMVA Members. Registration strongly encouraged.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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