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March 30, 2011

“Freedom Denied” Walking Tour Reveals the Struggles of African Americans to be seen as Free and Equal on the Eve of the American Revolution

Colonial Williamsburg’s walking tour, “Freedom Denied: Slavery in the Time of Liberty,” explores the struggles of African Americans to gain liberty and equality during the era of the American Revolution. The tour is offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, April 6-June 10, beginning at the Greenhow Lumber House Ticket Office.

Using key documents from the period, this tour explores aspects of law, religion and social customs that established and maintained a system of slavery and oppression. Guests listen to the stories of 18th-century Williamsburg residents and understand the variety of means by which enslaved and free African Americans acted as agents of change. Guests leave this experience with a greater awareness of how their victories and defeats helped to shape contemporary discussions of identity and citizenship.

Admission to this one-hour walking tour is through any Historic Area admission pass. A free reservation is required and can be made by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

Colonial Williamsburg’s African American programming is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Parsons, Douglas N. Morton and 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, IBM and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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. 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

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