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July 26, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Interpreter Illustrates Lives of African American Women During the American Revolution and the Civil War

Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg tell the stories of African American women during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. A Colonial Williamsburg interpreter portrays these captivating women in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Guests meet Lydia Broadnax, former enslaved cook of George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, during “Created Equal But Treated Differently” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3. She tells her thoughts regarding freedom and equality during this one-hour program.

The abolition of slavery following the Civil War presented opportunity to some and a brand new set of challenges to most. A former slave shares tales of hope and despair during “Soul of a Sharecropper” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

Admission is included with all Historic Area, museum passes or a Good Neighbor card. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

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 Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121