History

Building A Road Map For Teaching About Slavery

Feb 14, 2018
The Montpelier Foundation

It is a question that has long vexed America: How do we teach our history of slavery?  This month, James Madison’s Montpelier started working on an answer.

Jordy Yager

The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly 3-dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept.

The Wythe of Our Dreams: When a High School Became Home

Jun 15, 2017

When Libby Germer started teaching at Wythe High School in Richmond, it was her first time teaching at a school where most of her students didn't look like her. Only 9-percent of Richmond Public School students are white, three-quarters qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Mallory Noe-Payne

 

Virginia police once threw Richard and Mildred Loving into jail. She was black and he was white, and they had gotten married. It was 1958, and in Virginia that was against the law. Monday marks 50 years since the Loving’s won a case before the Supreme Court and Virginia law was overturned.

 

Another Virginia couple, Charlie and Marcia Russell, traveled to Richmond Monday to honor the Lovings.

The First Thanksgiving / Jean Louis Gerome Ferris

 

Here’s a little Thanksgiving trivia for your holiday table. The Pilgrims did not celebrate the first Thanksgiving. That’s a distinction claimed by Florida. Even Virginia has an earlier Thanksgiving than Massachusetts. 

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