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Join Dr. Gaila Sims, author Aly Riley, Dr. Will Mackintosh, Prof. Edwin Watson, and Dr. David Marsich in celebration of the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s exhibition Lafayette’s World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom. This panel will explore contributions by African Americans, women, Indigenous people and members of the LGBTQ+ community to the American Revolution.

Germanna Community Conversations are a series of free educational events exploring timely topics through open dialogue and discussion with local and national experts.

Lafayette’s World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom

In 1824, the Marquis de Lafayette visited the city of Fredericksburg as part of his multiyear Grand Tour of the United States. Lafayette was an extraordinary individual who made essential contributions to American history as a wealthy nobleman, revolutionary hero, military officer, enlightenment thinker, democratic supporter, and committed abolitionist. Lafayette’s World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom celebrates the Marquis as an individual and the belief in freedom and democracy shared by those he fought alongside in the American Revolution.

Lafayette’s World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom is sponsored in part by Virginia Humanities, in partnership with the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission.

Accompanying Programming

Lafayette’s World Exhibit Opening
Friday, March 1 | 5:30 – 7PM

Evening with an Expert: The Marquis de Lafayette, a True Friend of The Cause
Thursday, May 9 | 7 – 8:30PM

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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