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February 14, 2006

New CW podcasts mark Black History Month

Colonial Williamsburg celebrates Black History Month with two new podcasts – free audio programs available for downloading from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website, www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

The newest podcasts feature Rex Ellis, vice president of the Historic Area, as he recalls 25 years of interpreting the African American experience during the colonial period, and Harvey Bakari, program development manager, discussing the rich history of black Americans in Williamsburg. The new programs enhance a collection of earlier podcasts, entitled “Brothers in Arms,” which explore the oft-forgotten war-time stories of African Americans during the Revolution: a slave who served as a valuable spy, the determination of soldiers in an all-black regiment and the women and children who followed their men to war.

At mid-month -- just in time for Presidents Day -- Colonial Williamsburg will add a new podcast featuring character interpreter Ron Carnegie who talks about the challenges and rewards of portraying George Washington in the Historic Area.

The podcasts are located at www.history.org/media/podcasts.cfm. The audio files may be transferred to an iPod or MP3 player or downloaded to a computer for playback. There are 39 podcasts currently available to website visitors.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281



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