The transformation of the banjo conveys its place in American history and music. And its legacy is kept alive at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia.
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 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.
When we hear about the end of Jim Crow, we hear mostly about kids attending schools or about major court cases. But what did the process of legal desegregation look like in everyday life and culture?
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.
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.