This week concludes Colonial Williamsburg’s special Black History Month programs in the historic area and DeWitt Wallace Museum. Take a look at upcoming programs and check our calendar for new and updated information.
The Daily News: Listen in on colonists as they discuss the headlines of their day this Sunday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Raleigh Tavern.
Freedom’s Paradox: Meet Peyton Randolph, one of Williamsburg’s biggest advocates for colonial independence, and learn what his 28 slaves thought of his political views. This event will take place this Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Randolph House.
African American Artist Tours: Take a guided tour of the DeWitt Wallace Museum’s collection of 18th- and 19th-century folk art created by African Americans and explore their cultural heritage. Tours will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
God is My Rock: Attend a worship service with slave and preacher Gowan Pamphlet and hear his abolitionist sermon Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Dewitt Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.
Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery, and the Law: Because Virginia Law forbade “all slaves to read and write,” literate slaves were known as “secret keepers.” Learn how these brave enslaved people used their literacy to practice their religion, communicate with family, plan escapes, or petition the government. This event will take place Wednesday from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Dewitt Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.
My Daughter, My Mistress; My Mother, My Slave: Meet Betty Hemings, a slave who raised Martha Jefferson and is now moving to Monticello, where Mrs. Jefferson will become her new mistress. Betty Hemings will discuss her complicated situation Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.
Duty and Faith: Meet Robert Carter III, a wealthy planter who attempted to free his nearly 500 slaves after he converted to evangelical Christianity. Robert will speak Thursday at the Raleigh Tavern at 1 p.m.
Daniel’s Dilemma: Meet Daniel, an enslaved foreman whose responsibilities as a plantation supervisor conflict with his allegiance to the enslaved community. Daniel will share his story Friday at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. at the Mary Stith Shop.
– Claire Weaver