Expanding Our Origin Story
We’re missing some key details to the story.
REPLAY: The Conflicting Ideals in Jefferson’s Architecture
The history of segregation is not just in our architecture, but in other public arts
REPLAY: Invisible Founders
There are the names on the buildings, and then there are the real founders.
Replay: New Virginians
There are many kinds of movement and migration, forced and otherwise. Arrival is a perpetual state of becoming for the people in transit and the nations where they arrive.
The Empathy Tours
Jalane Schmidt recently brought a group of Virginia teachers to see Charlottesville’s tiny monument to its enslaved residents. One teacher had a startling personal revelation at that site.
The Conflicting Ideals in Jefferson’s Architecture
The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic was Thomas Jefferson. He also held captive more than 600 enslaved men, women, and children in his lifetime.
400 Years After 1619
In late August 1619, twenty or more enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia at what’s now called Fort Monroe. We look at how the nation is commemorating those first Africans who arrived in British North America.
In 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina members of the KKK shot and killed five labor and civil rights activists. The city hasn’t forgotten.
Advertising Justice in Colonial Virginia
In our “Unfreedom” episode we talk with Allison Madar about the evolution of laws affecting indentured servants and enslaved people in early America. Madar’s research draws on a variety of …
Stories of the South at Whitney Plantation
Recently, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public with exclusively the story of slavery on Louisiana plantations. In doing so, it turns the traditional plantation story inside out. Visitors learn about the men and women who were enslaved there, what they did, and where they came from.
“A Physical Place I Could Feel Rooted In”: A Virtual Tour of a Slave Dwelling
James Madison’s Montpelier recently hosted a National Summit on Slavery. They convened scholars, museum professionals, and members of descendant communities to talk about how historic sites can change the way …