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Black History Month

February 2021

More than half of 18th-century Williamsburg residents were African American. Join us every February for Black History Month and discover the untold stories of those who lived, loved, and strove to create a better future.

Special Programs

Join the Conversation

CW Conversation: Residents Not Citizens

By Their Hands

Visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and ask for a self-guided tour booklet to explore objects made by African American artisans on display throughout the Art Museums’ galleries, including this sideboard made in the early 19th century by free black cabinetmaker Johnathan Moss.

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First Baptist Church Archaeology Project

Colonial Williamsburg has partnered with the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg and the Let Freedom Ring Foundation to locate the remains of the Nassau Street site of the First Baptist Church. The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg is one of the country’s earliest African American congregations and was founded by free and enslaved Black worshippers.

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Meet Our Nation Builders

Our most elite cadre of interpreters, Nation Builders portray real historic figures who lived in 18th-century Williamsburg and made a significant contribution to the American story. Travel to the 1790s, and meet a Nation Builder who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.

Aggy of Turkey Island

Edith Cumbo

Gowan Pamphlet

James Armistead Lafayette

Plan Your Visit

The African American Experience Itinerary

During the 18th century, half of Williamsburg’s population was black. Learn more about the daily life and culture of African Virginians.

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Please note that some images may have been taken prior to COVID-19. All guests are required to wear face masks when indoors, and they are recommended outdoors. Face coverings will be worn by Colonial Williamsburg staff. Learn more here about our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and staff and what protocols we have in place.