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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Emanuel Quivers V-56
June 4, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Emanuel Quivers (1814-1879)
Emanuel Quivers was born into slavery on Berkeley Plantation to Jonathan and Sarah Quivers. Trained as a blacksmith, in 1845 Quivers became an enslaved wage earner at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond. There he learned the closely guarded puddling technique for manufacturing high-grade iron, rising to supervise a large group of artisans and laborers. He and his wife, Frances, were early members of the First African Baptist Church in Richmond. In 1852, he and Frances purchased their family’s freedom and left for California. As a community leader, Quivers advocated for educating African American children and for laws allowing persons of color to testify against whites.
Sponsor: Charles City County Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History; Victoria Wassmer
Locality: Charles City County