Join the Frontier Culture Museum for the next installment of its 2023 Lecture Series. Warren Eugene Milteer, Jr.’s presentation will focus on his recently published research about free people of color in the South. Milteer’s presentation will highlight the ways the experiences of free people of color changed over time and will explore several important individuals who appear in his work.

In his book, Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South, Milteer draws from a wide array of sources to demonstrate that from the colonial period through the Civil War, the growing influence of white supremacy and proslavery extremism created serious challenges for free persons categorized as “negroes,” “mulattoes,” “mustees,” “Indians,” or simply “free people of color” in the South. Segregation, exclusion, disfranchisement, and discriminatory punishment were ingrained in their collective experiences. Nevertheless, in the face of attempts to deny them the most basic privileges and rights, free people of color defended their families and established organizations and businesses.

Frontier Culture Museum’s 2023 Lecture Series

The Frontier Culture Museum is the biggest open-air living history museum in the Shenandoah Valley. Every year, the museum hosts a six-part lecture series with different speakers from various areas of the country. The 2023 iteration is presented both in-person and online, and is supported in part by funding from Virginia Humanities.

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