Join us and the Library of Virginia as Arlisha Norwood, Ph.D., a Virginia Humanities Fellow at the Library, discusses her research exploring the experiences of single African American women in Virginia during the tumultuous post–Civil War years.

Despite the obstacles they faced, single Black women asserted their needs, worked together to prevent destitution, and challenged the agendas of governmental agencies and private organizations whose well-meaning intentions often clashed with their own expectations. Their narratives exhibit how the women intentionally altered the roles and responsibilities of federal and local agencies and became prominent characters in defining freedom, welfare, citizenship and womanhood in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Norwood is an assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This is a free event. Registration is required.

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