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November 25, 2009

Walking tour illustrates 18th-century African American quest for liberty

Join in an engaging walk through Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area on the In Their Own Words: African Americans in the Revolutionary Era special focus tour. Learn about the struggle of free and enslaved African Americans to gain liberty and equality before and during the American Revolution. Guests will see Williamsburg through the eyes of several 18th-century persons, including the Ashbys, a free black family, and discover the role that the law, education and community played in their daily lives.

“In Their Own Words” is offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31, with the exception of Dec. 25. On Christmas Day, one tour will be offered at 2 p.m. Tours are held weather permitting and begin at the Greenhow Ticket Office.

This tour is part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg’s African American programs throughout 2009.

Reservations may be placed by calling 1-800-HISTORY. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card is required to enjoy this program.

Colonial Williamsburg’s African American History programs are made possible by the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Parsons, Douglas N. Morton and Marilyn L. Brown, the Norfolk Southern Corporation and the Charles E. Culpeper Endowments in Arts and Culture of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, AT&T, Philip Morris and IBM.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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