African American Programs 2019

African American Programs 2019


In 2019, we’re gonna be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of
African American interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and we’ll be celebrating it
in so many different ways. We’ll be celebrating it
with special exhibits, with panels, with bringing
back programming throughout the 40 years and some
new programming as well. We’re also doing an
exhibit that’s going to be in the Raleigh Tavern,
that’s going to be there throughout the year called, Revealing the Priceless: 40 Years of African American Interpretation,
and it’s an exhibit that explores not only the 40 years now that we’ve been interpreting
the African American story, especially through
character interpretation, but it also talks about
the fact that we’ve had interpreters of color
here in Williamsburg, since the beginning. We have portraits from
as early as the 1940s with black interpreters,
and it’s amazing to see them and to see how we’ve
been a part of shaping Colonial Williamsburg from the beginning. Williamsburg in the 18th Century
was a town of 2,000 people, and out of those 2,000
people, 1,000 were slaves. In ’79 there was a conscious
decision being made that we were going to tell their stories, that their stories, were
just as part of the American identity as anyone else’s story, and that they were going to be told. And from ’79 on, we’ve
made that promise that, that story will be told. Oftentimes as a family, you find it hard to have conversations about things, sometimes serious things,
and by coming here to Colonial Williamsburg, and finding out where we were, where we’ve been, you can see where we’re going, and that’s something you can
talk to your child about. It’s an opportunity for
you all to connect again. It’s an opportunity for you all to come to a understanding of who you are. That’s why our museums are so important. That’s why this museum is so important.

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