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Feb 6
2012

The Boston Slave Petitons

The founders demanded freedom for themselves, but not for their slaves. Early protests show that the enslaved noticed the flaw in the logic.

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Nov 28
2011

Harsh World, This World

The diverse relationships between slaves and masters were governed by kindness, betrayal, trust, and cruelty. A new Electronic Field Trip, "Harsh World, This World" examines the complex familiarity of slavery.

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Oct 24
2011

An Enduring Spirit

Edith Cumbo was a rare individual in colonial Virginia: a free African woman. Learn about her life and her stature in this interview with Emily James.

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Oct 3
2011

The Mystery of the Gravestones

Two gravestones are unearthed during a construction project. Historians and curators work to solve the mysteries below. Emily Williams tells their story.

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May 23
2011

Oral History

African American history is both discovered in and continued by an ancient oral tradition. Richard Josey describes the process of restoring a community's voice.

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Feb 28
2011

A Dangerous Job

Listen to the story of Gowan Pamphlet, the first ordained slave preacher in America.

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Feb 21
2011

Merging Cultures

Many West African cultures make landfall in colonial Virginia, where they adapt and adopt traits that will form the basis of a new African American culture. Historian Rose McAphee describes the blend.

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Feb 14
2011

African American Folk Art

Folk Art from the African American tradition holds a wealth of cultural memory. Trish Balderson describes selected pieces chosen for the African American Folk Art Tour.

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Feb 7
2011

Freedom Bound

Slavery gains a foothold in the American colonies as early as 1619. In the years that follow, laws and resistance grow around the institution with equal determination. Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander discusses slavery's early path.

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Oct 4
2010

Papa Said, Mama Said

Papa Said, Mama Said preserves the African-American community's long tradition of storytelling. Art Johnson shares a fable.

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Sep 27
2010

Jumpin' the Broom

Jumping the broom was a marriage ceremony rich with meaning for communities denied traditional rights. Training Specialist Rose McAphee describes the wedding recreated weekly at Colonial Williamsburg's Great Hopes Plantation.

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May 24
2010

Civil War Williamsburg

Williamsburg's streets are rich with the history of two wars. Historian and author Carson Hudson describes the aftermath of the Battle of Williamsburg.

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Dec 28
2009

A New Story

Historian Cary Carson describes creating a narrative framework for Colonial Williamsburg that made room for the stories of black Virginians.

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May 18
2009

In Their Own Words

Old sources give fresh voice to slavery's story. Manager of African American programs Tricia Brooks explains how we know what we know.

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Feb 2
2009

African American Programs at 30

African American programming adapts through the decades. Harvey Bakari outlines the goals of interpreting Williamsburg's enslaved population.

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Sep 29
2008

The Bray School

A historic headmistress devotes her days to educating enslaved children. Interpreter Antoinette Brennan shares the biography of Ann Wager.

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Feb 4
2008

No Master Over Me

A man purchases his enslaved family to set them free. James Ingram shares the tale.

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Jul 16
2007

A Slave's Perspective

The Declaration of Independence was a promise extended to white men only. Hope Smith portrays Eve, a slave in the Peyton Randolph house.

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May 21
2007

Slavery and Manumission

The little-known process of manumission was a means of securing freedom for a handful of Virginia slaves.

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Feb 26
2007

Gowan Pamphlet, slave preacher, cont.

Hear James Ingram, Colonial Williamsburg's Gowan Pamplet, tell how an enslaved man became the leader of Virginia's largest Baptist church.

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Feb 19
2007

Gowan Pamphlet, slave preacher

Born at the right time, this revolutionary figure was an electrifying force.

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Feb 9
2007

The Slave Trade

The slave trade touched the lives of people around the globe, explains Colonial Williamsburg's Educational Program Development director Bill White.

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Jun 19
2006

Mr. Wythe's Cook

Valarie Holmes interprets Lydia Broadnax - a cook for one of Williamsburg's most influential men.

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Jun 5
2006

Music passed from ear to ear

Emily James talks about the music of Africa performed on a new Colonial Williamsburg recording.

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Feb 27
2006

Emily James interprets spirited women

Jamaican-born Emily James has interpreted at least 16 different 18th-century women who learned how to survive lives of enslavement.

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Feb 6
2006

Recalling African American Interpretation

Rex Ellis reflects on 25 years of interpreting the African American experience in the colonial period.

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Jan 30
2006

African American Interpretation

Harvey Bakari discusses the rich history of black Americans in Williamsburg.

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Nov 7
2005

Dunmore's Proclamation

Dennis Watson talks about the royal governor's promise to free slaves and indentured servants who joined the British army in the American Revolution.

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Oct 3
2005

Black Women and the Revolution

Hope Smith talks about the women and children who followed their men to war.

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Sep 26
2005

James Armistead

Interpreter Richard Josey talks about an enslaved man who became a valuable spy during the Revolution.

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Sep 19
2005

Rhode Island Regiment

Interpreter Greg James discusses the determination of the members of an all-black regiment of soldiers.

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Sep 12
2005

Brothers in Arms

Harvey Bakari shares his passion for presenting the often forgotten stories of black Americans who contributed to the American Revolution.

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Jun 28
2005

Harvey Bakari on Independence for African Americans

Independence was not guaranteed for everyone in the nation's early days.

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