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Rooted in a Place

Justin Reid (Virginia Humanities)

Justin Reid tells the story of how he set out to find the plantation where his great-great grandfather was enslaved, and what he found there.

15 mins

Teaching Tough History

Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries says we need to do more to teach our kids about African American history, even when it covers tough subjects.

13 mins

Invisible Founders

Crystal Rosson

Crystal Rosson is the great-granddaughter of Sterling Jones Sr., who was enslaved at the former Sweet Briar Plantation, now Sweet Briar College. Rosson shares her family‚Äôs history and explains why research by African American genealogists matters as they discover more about the integral role of African Americans in Virginia’s history.

8 mins

American History as Told by Descendants

Michael Blakey (William and Mary)

Scholars, historic interpreters, and descendants of enslaved people recently gathered at Montpelier, the home of James Madison. They were there to create a rubric for historic sites who want to engage descendant communities in their work. Anthropologist Michael Blakeydiscusses why historical sites must consider the needs and wishes of descendants.

16 mins

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