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October 5, 2012

Examine What It’s Like Being Free and Black in Revolutionary Virginia during Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Guests discover what it was like to be free and African American in the 18th-century capital of Virginia during two programs at the Art Museums, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

The program, “Ain’t I Free?” explores the life of Edith Cumbo and how she and others acted to seek the rights and privileges of citizens at 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5 and 19.

Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish during the program, “To Be Seen as an American,” 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 5. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated but not given the resources to teacher others, and Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century.

Any Revolutionary City ticket, Annual, Good Neighbor or museum pass provides access to these programs.

For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

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

The L. Kay Wilkinson Endowment for Women’s Studies helps underwrite Colonial Williamsburg programs illustrating the lives of 18th-century women.

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

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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121