The Fragility of Freedom: Kinney Family Freedom Suits in Virginia and Missouri
Bob Vernon’s presentation is a postscript to his 2013 presentation on the Kinney family and 18th century freedom suits. He will review Kinney family history, with a focus on Thornton Kinney (born about 1811), a son of Amy Kinney, who received her liberty through a 1798 freedom suit in Louisa County. It is a fascinating story that will cover Thornton’s life, emigration to Liberia, return to America, enslavement in Missouri, and more.
Hopes and Dreams in the Albert Durant Photography Collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
A briefer presentation by Amy Speckart. In 1991, a vice president of Colonial Williamsburg came across a collection of photographs taken by Williamsburg resident, Albert Durant, at a garage sale. Though outside the normal parameters of acquisition, Colonial Williamsburg acquired thousands of photographs by the part-time photographer, most of them from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Durant’s photographs are a record of a segregated Williamsburg, but beyond this, what meaning is there in the photographs of everyday events, such as church meetings and high school proms? Durant’s legal studies later in life give us an opening to explore the complexities of citizenship and community in a place that, like Monticello, claimed importance in America’s heritage.
Time and Location: 4 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA. There is plenty of parking. The JSAAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.