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February 26, 2006

CW's Equiano Lecture Series explores African-American struggle for freedom, equality

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will present its inaugural Equiano Lecture Series. The lecture series, held three times yearly, will focus on often unexplored issues in American history through engaging interactive panel discussions and lectures from some of the nation’s leading history scholars. The first panel discussion, “A Call to Arms: Stories of African-American Freedom Fighters during the American Revolution,” will be presented during Black History Month Weekend 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 24 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative
Arts Museum.

The panel discussion will feature Dr. Sylvia Frey, a world renowned scholar of African-American history and professor emeritus at Tulane University; Dr. Louis Wilson, history professor at Smith College and scholar of African Americans in the Revolution; and Mary Louise Clifford, author and Revolutionary War historian. The panelists will discuss various aspects of African-American participation in the American Revolutionary War.

Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

Funding for the Equiano Lecture Series has been provided by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts. Entered through the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773, the museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121