March 22, 2012
Colonial Williamsburg Presents Programs on African American History This Season
Colonial Williamsburg highlights African American history this spring with special programs. Thousands of African captives, including members of noble families, were forced to come to colonial Virginia. Princes Without a Palace: Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg connects the slave trade with the people, places and events in Williamsburg.
The program, which is free to all pass members and ticketed guests, provides an overview of the business and politics of the slave trade in Virginia, Africa and Europe. Discover the stories of African princes and the role that language, literacy and religion played in their efforts to escape slavery at 11:30 a.m. on March 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 10, 17, 24, June 7 and 14 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.
Other African American history programs, which are free to all pass members and ticketed guests, include:
For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY, or visit www.history.org.
Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Colonial Williamsburg’s African American programming is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment of Humanities, Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Parsons, Douglas N. Morton, Marilyn L. Brown, the Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Charles E. Culpeper Endowments in Arts and Culture of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Altria Client Services, AT&T, Philip Morris, Dominion Foundation and IBM.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.