Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery invites you to a panel discussion and opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Slavery in Appalachia.” The panel discussion will begin at 5:30PM and the opening reception will begin at 6:45PM.

The panel discussion will take place at the City Council Chambers, adjacent to Glencoe Mansion. The panel consists of five historians and members of the community who have explored the history of slavery in the region and its effects: Dr. Theresa Burriss; Sarah Carter; Howard Eaves, Sr; Dr. Michael Hickman; and Dr. Daniel Thorp.

Immediately following the panel will be an opening reception for the exhibit, which will be on permanent display at the Glencoe Mansion. During the month of February, it will be on display on Level One (Gallery Level) of the museum.

“The topic of slavery in Appalachia is a subject that is not well known,” Glencoe Director Scott Gardner wrote in a news release about the event. “Many falsely believe that it did not exist in the mountains. However, from the earliest years of European settlement, slavery has been part of the fabric of the region. The New River Valley was no exception, especially as the number of enslaved people in the area grew tremendously in the decade leading up to the Civil War.”

Both events are free and open to the public. No registration required.

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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