Archive for the ‘Free Blacks’ Category

CVHR Meeting (Jan. 5, 2017): Two presentations on 18th century freedom suits and 20th century photography

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The Fragility of Freedom: Kinney Family Freedom Suits in Virginia and Missouri

Bob Vernon told the story of the Kinney family and their struggles for freedom over two centuries and two continents.  In an experiment on behalf of finding the best methods to put CVHR-type talks online, he devised a way to let us listen to rather than read relevant legal documents (the voice was a Siri female).  One especially colorful example of the persistent re-enslavement of free people of color was Thornton Kinney, whose travels took him to Missouri, Liberia, and a rowdy San Francisco.

Hopes and Dreams in the Albert Durant Photography Collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Amy Speckart previewed a presentation she will give at the Virginia Forum in March on a collection of thousands of images by an African American photographer, acquired by Colonial Williamsburg in the 1990s.  Albert Durant (1920-1991) photographed everyday events in a segregated Williamsburg from the 1930s to the 1950s.  Amy explored his life, his photographs, and the implications of their acquisition by an institution with a history of exclusion.

 

December 3rd Meeting: Free People of Color in the Gibson’s Mill Community

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Our next meeting of the Central Virginia History Researchers will be held: Thursday, Dec. 3, 4 PM, at the Jefferson Library

Topic: Free People of Color in the Gibson’s Mill Community

G. C. Waldrep, professor of English at Bucknell University, is coming down to tell us about his in-depth research on the people of Gibson’s Mill in western Louisa County.  In describing the evolving mixed-race (and presently white) community, he will explore the meanings of “mulatto” and discuss some interesting court cases and families (Gibson, Branham, Mason, Ailstock et al.), some with Albemarle County connections.