Slavery

Jordy Yager

A group of more than 50 people traveled from Charlottesville to Ghana earlier this month to learn about the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and how it can be better taught back here in the U. S.

Stonewall Jackson House

Numerous books have been written about the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. But almost nothing was known about the slaves he and his family owned.

New research at Jackson’s home in Lexington that now sheds light on the lives of these six individuals.

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.

When a "Punk Kid" Connected With a Freedom Fighter

Jul 7, 2016

 

Josh Poteat is an award-winning poet whose work is inspired in part by Richmond’s past. In this excerpt of one of his poems, Poteat commemorates an enslaved blacksmith and freedom fighter named Gabriel who was born near Richmond. Gabriel was executed by hanging in 1800 after organizing a large slave revolt. He was pardoned by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. In the second audio segment below, Poteat shares about his personal experience connecting with Gabriel and with punk music.

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