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The Long Road to Freedom Conference
November 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Long Road to Freedom: African-Americans in the Shenandoah Valley – The Centuries-Long Journey from Slavery through Civil War to Civil Rights
In 2018, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior established the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies in August 1619. Administered by the National Park Service, the commission’s purpose is “plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States to recognize and highlight 400 years of African-American contributions.”
As one of the National Park Service’s National Battlefield Sites, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District is offering a special conference to support the commission’s efforts to implement its goals.
This conference, “The Long Road to Freedom,” will look at the African-American experience in the Shenandoah Valley during various time periods, including the Colonial, Antebellum, Civil War, Jim Crow Era, and Civil Rights Era periods. Speakers will include Dr. Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin, Phoebe Kilby, Kristen Laise, Jonathan A. Noyalas, Dr. Michael Rackett, Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, and Dr. William B. Wiggins.
The cost will be $27 for members; $30 for non-members.
ALL COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND FOR FREE (but still must pre-register).
Lunch will be on your own. Space will be limited, and pre-registration is required.
To register or for more information click here.