Throughout 2019 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation commemorates 40 years of African-American historical interpretation, inviting guests and the community to experience spotlighted programming, a series of community conversations on the past, present and future of the Foundation’s work, and a special exhibition in remembrance of the African-American men and women of Williamsburg who helped forge the nation.
Join Rex Ellis, Christy Coleman, and Dylan Pritchett as they discuss the early days of African American Interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Join Williamsburg Interpreters who make African American programs possible as they share some of these programs and discuss the importance of telling the shared American Story.
Join historians, interpreters and museum specialists as they discuss the future of African American Programming. What stories still need to be told? And what will the future bring in new innovations?
Witness a compelling moment in the life of an 18th century person. Then join the discussion as the actor interpreter shares how they brought the character to life.
Help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs, and dance the dances adapted from the West African people in colonial America. Walk the grounds of Great Hopes Plantation, while the sun sets, and explore the diverse nature of African American musical culture in colonial Virginia.
Free and enslaved historical figures share reflections about living in a slave society and the Actor Interpreters bringing them to life explore the complexities of portraying the enslaved and the slave owners. Directly following, join the conversation about slavery, racism, and healing.
The sankofa bird symbol originated with the Akan people of West Africa in what is modern-day Ghana. In the region’s Twi dialect, “sankofa” means “return and get it.” The sankofa bird, looking back at its own tail, represents the African diaspora’s recovery of its shared past in order to secure its future.