Join us for Juneteenth at the Custis Square archaeological site!
Take a tour of the archaeological site and learn about Pompey, Alice, Jack, and the other enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Custis Square. Talk with archaeologists as they work to understand how the landscape at Custis Square reflects the presence and contributions of enslaved people. Stay to meet Peter, an enslaved man who liberated himself from John Custis IV and made his way to parts unknown in 1745. Hear him reflect on his time at Custis Square and the paradox of leaving everything behind to gain his freedom.
Free flow exploration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guided tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Conversations with Peter begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
This community event is open to the public. Weather dependent.
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Celebrate Juneteenth at Custis Square!
Loquacious Lucy, Queen for a Day
When Lucy, a loquacious enslaved child, learns that her friend has been sold, her father must teach her hard lessons about slavery and instill in her the pride of her ancestors.
Drawing the Line
Lord Dunmore, the last Royal Governor of Virginia, finalizes his proclamation issuing martial law and offering freedom to enslaved people owned by those rebelling against the king.
God is My Rock
Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved man and popular local preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion and freedom.