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February 2022

The Architecture of Democracy In a Landscape of Slavery

February 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex, 420 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704 United States
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Professor Louis P. Nelson of the University of Virginia will present at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center on the uses of architecture and landscape within the UVa. campus, exploring Thomas Jefferson's designs and how they may reflect Jefferson's own views of slavery.

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“The Life and Legacy of Miss Virginia Estelle Randolph” Multimedia Program

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Public historian and filmmaker Elvatrice Belsches will present "The Life and Legacy of Miss Virginia Estelle Randolph," a multimedia program exploring Randolph's contributions to education, public health, and juvenile justice reform. Henrico County Public Library will host the event on February 5 at its Fairfield location and on February 12 at its Glen Allen location.

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Public Hearing: Historic Designation of Shockoe Hill Burying Ground Historic District

February 9 @ 6:00 pm

DHR Architectural Historian Marc Wagner led a virtual public meeting on February 9, 2022,about the historic designation of the Shockoe Hill Burying Ground Historic District in Richmond. Watch the meeting here.

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“So Pious an Institution”: Slavery, Religion, Education, and Virginia’s Bray Schools

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2012 Public historian and colonial scholar Nicole Brown will lead this virtual lecture on the Williamsburg Bray School, established in September 1760 as the first official endeavor in Virginia to provide education for enslaved and free African Americans. The event is free, but participants are encourage to register on Eventbrite.

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Saving St. John School and the Rosenwald School Legacy (Virtual Event)

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From 1912 to 1932, a collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald resulted in more than 5,300 schools constructed for rural African Americans in the South. St. John Rosenwald School was erected in 1923 in Cobham, northeast of Charlottesville, where local Black children were educated until 1954. Join Rebecca Kinney, St. John School alumna, and Jody Lahendro, recently retired UVA Historic Preservation Architect, on February 17, 2022, as they recount the efforts of school alumni and the local community…

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“Life Inside a Slave Dwelling: Making a House a Home” (Virtual Lecture)

February 17 @ 6:00 pm

A panel of historians will lead an online discussion about the interior spaces, features, and finishes of slave houses. While the building exterior itself can be a reflection of what the enslaver chose to build, the interior shows how the enslaved made it their home. The discussion will explore the types of spaces and conditions that enslaved people faced, but also altered for their own purposes. The event is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is greatly appreciated.

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“Matinee with Miss Maggie” Virtual Program

February 19 @ 1:00 pm

For Black History Month, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will host its popular “Matinee with Miss Maggie” program on February 19, 2022. This year, the program will be held virtually due to the pandemic. The film, Imitation of Life, will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a discussion. This online event is free and open to the public. Please contact Park Ranger Ben Anderson at to sign up.

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“The Dixie 3” Film Premiere Week at Hampton History Museum

February 21 @ 12:00 am - February 27 @ 12:00 am

The Hampton History Museum in Hampton, Va., is hosting a free, week-long showing of the film, “The Dixie 3: A Story on Civil Rights in Nursing,” from February 21-27. Produced and directed by local filmmaker, Denetra Hampton, the 35-minute film is based on the landmark civil rights case surrounding the events that occurred at Dixie Hospital in 1963. On August 8, 1963, three black nurses, Mildred Smith, Patricia Taylor (McKenzie), and Agnes Stokes (Chisman), decided to eat lunch in the…

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“Plantation Histories and the University” at Virginia Tech

February 22 @ 12:15 pm

A panel of speakers will lead "Plantation Histories and the University: Rethinking the Past During Virginia Tech's 150th," a webinar to discuss the intertwined histories of the Virginia Tech campus, including Solitude and Smithfield plantations—and how those histories are being reimagined ahead of the university's 150th anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tech History Department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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Service Day at Hickory Hill Slave and African American Cemetery

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

DHR will convene a day of cleanup and beautification at Hickory Hill Slave and African American Cemetery in Ashland of Hanover County on Feb 23, 2022. For more information, please contact Joanna Wilson-Green at To learn more about the cemetery, please visit the Virginia Landmarks Register Online.

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March 2022

Transcribe-A-Thon: “Virginia Untold” Collection (Virtual Event for DHR Staff Only)

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DHR will host a virtual transcribe-a-thon in partnership with the Library of Virginia on March 23, 2022, to document pre-Civil War–era records that detail the lives of African Americans in Virginia. The Library's African American Narrative project aims to encourage conversation and engagement around the records of the "Virginia Untold" collection, providing opportunities for a more grassroots and diverse narrative of the history of Virginia’s African American people. Visit Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative to learn more. Please note:…

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May 2022

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Filipinos in the U.S. Navy KV-36

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Marker text: Filipinos, who had served in the U.S. Navy as early as the Civil War, began enlisting in larger numbers after the U.S. took possession of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. The Philippines gained independence in 1946, and an agreement negotiated the next year allowed the U.S. Navy to recruit Filipino nationals. Over the next four decades, about 35,000 Filipinos served in the Navy, initially as stewards and mess attendants. Eligible to serve in all enlisted and officer…

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June 2022

Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Emanuel Quivers V-56

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Rd
Charles City, 23030 United States
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Marker text: 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…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Susie G. Gibson High School

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gibson HS Marker Location, 816 Burks Hill Rd.
Bedford, 24523 United States
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Susie G. Gibson High School Susie G. Gibson (1878-1949), teacher and community activist, was Bedford County’s supervisor of African American education for 22 years. Her work was sponsored by the Jeanes Fund, established by Anna T. Jeanes in 1907 to enhance opportunities for black students in the rural South. Susie G. Gibson High School, named in her honor, opened just northeast of here in 1954 to serve African American students in the Town and County of Bedford. Designed by noted…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Silver Lake Historic District D-62

June 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Silver Lake Mill, 2328 Silver Lake Rd.
Dayton, VA 22821 United States
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Silver Lake Historic District English American settler Daniel Harrison owned hundreds of acres in this area in the mid-18th century, and Presbyterians built Cooks Creek Church near here ca. 1750. German Baptist Brethren began moving to the Shenandoah Valley from Maryland and Pennsylvania at midcentury, arriving here by 1790. Brethren church member John J. Rife built a dam here ca. 1822, forming Silver Lake, and constructed a flour mill and a sawmill. This complex became the center of a prosperous…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

June 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Shockoe HIll African Burial Ground Marker Location, 1305 N. 5th St.
RIchmond, 23219 United States
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Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground The City of Richmond opened the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground here in 1816 to replace the Burial Ground for Negroes in Shockoe Bottom. The new cemetery, laid out along the northern end of Fifth Street near the city’s poorhouse, began as two adjoining one-acre plots, one for free people of color and one for the enslaved. The grounds expanded greatly over time, eventually spreading down the slopes and into the valley. With an estimated…

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center at Sweet Briar College, 450 Sweet Briar Drive
Sweet Briar, VA 24521 United States
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This joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene at Rooms A&B of the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center of Sweet Briar College. Meeting will be broadcast via WebEx. To attend virtually, register using the links below:   Morning Joint Meeting of the Board of Historic Resources & the State Review Board (9:00 AM) Afternoon Meeting of the Board of Historic Resources    Afternoon Meeting of the State Review…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Josiah Holbrook (1788-1854)

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Josiah Holbrook Marker Dedication Parking, 27 9th St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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Josiah Holbrook (1788-1854) Q-6-62 Marker Text: Near this spot, scientist, educator, and founder of the American Lyceum movement Josiah Holbrook accidentally fell to his death while studying rocks and minerals along the bluffs of Blackwater Creek during a research trip through Virginia. Holbrook, a Connecticut native and graduate of Yale, was nationally known for popularizing lyceums, local associations that formed across the U.S. to sponsor lectures and debates. To make science understandable to children, he invented and manufactured scientific teaching…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: Lylburn Downing School

June 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lylburn Downing School Marker Location, 302 Diamond St.
Lexington, 24450 United States
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Lylburn Downing School Lylburn Downing School opened here in 1927 after the Home and School League, an organization of local Black parents and citizens, campaigned for equitable schools. Built with financial support from the Black community, Rockbridge County, and the Rosenwald Fund, the countywide school first served grades 1-9 and expanded to include a high school in the 1940s. Desegregation closed the original edifice in 1965, but the newer buildings became Lexington’s middle school. Lylburn Downing (1862-1937) was born enslaved…

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Historical Highway Marker Dedication: East End High School U-43

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
East End High School Marker Location, 365 Dockery Rd.
South Hill, 23970 United States
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East End High School East End High School opened near this location in Sept. 1953 to serve African American students during the segregation era. Mecklenburg County built the school with a grant from the Battle Fund, established under Gov. John S. Battle as Virginia’s first program for providing direct aid to localities for school construction. Students came from Mecklenburg County Training School, the Thyne Institute, and other schools in the eastern portion of the county. E. N. Taliaferro was East…

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