Tracing the Legacy of Slavery – Sept. 23 and 24

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Virginia Beach History Museums, in conjunction with the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery and the Virginia Beach Public Libraries, will present two days of powerful programs that focus on the legacy of slavery in the United States and its lasting effects on the American people. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, a screening of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” will take place at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., at 6 p.m. Following the screening, James DeWolf Perry, executive director of the Tracing Center and a DeWolf family descendant, will facilitate a discussion on the perspectives of the black and white divide that was presented in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary film. Admission to the screening is $8, or $5 for students with ID.


On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., Perry will present the program “From Emancipation to Equality: The Unfinished Business of Civil War and Civil Rights” at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center, 4409 Wishart Road. This program will engage the community as we explore our nation’s racial progress and the work that remains to be done. Admission to the program is $8, or $5 for students with ID.


For those interested in attending both programs, admission is $12, or $7.50 for students with ID.


About the Virginia Beach History Museums:

The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven Hous, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums, which provides stewardship of the city’s historic resources and programs to educate the community about local history.


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