It is June of 1776. For the last 11 months, the Rebels have occupied the Governor's Palace, safeguarding its treasures while the war raged throughout North America. Benjamin, an enslaved man belonging to Mr. Wythe, is sent to deliver a special meal to the Palace Commander. Upon arrival, he runs into Major James Innes, a man he has known since childhood. The Major reveals that the 5th Convention has voted to declare independence. What does this transformation mean for Benjamin, the enslaved people of Virginia, and most notably his friends, the 57 enslaved men and women who still live in the Palace?
Dates & Times
Measure of a Man's Worth
Slavery and the Law
On your visit to the Capitol, discover how enslaved African Americans interacted with and were impacted by the law. Tours every 20-30 minutes.
Visit with the Apothecary
Discover how much, and how little, medicine has changed since the time of George Washington.
Re-animating 18th-century Fashion
This illustrated talk (fashion show) explores how we recapture 18th-century life and work with clothing.
Art Museums Admission