Sites and Stories: African American History in Virginia

Time Period
16,000 BCE to 1622 CE
1623 to 1763
1764 to 1824
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Black History
Civil Rights
Lauranett Lee

On February 14, 2008, Lauranett Lee spoke about “Sites and Stories: African American History in Virginia.”

Historic highway markers are beloved features of the Old Dominion’s landscape. Through these signs, away from the high speed of interstates, the careful motorist can piece together major themes running through Virginia’s past. One of the most important but sometimes neglected such strands is the story of African Americans. In Sites and Stories, Lauranett L. Lee mounted an exhibition to present the narratives told by these markers. Her lecture highlighted the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in Virginia from 1619 to the recent past.

Dr. Lee has worked as the curator of African American history at the museum. (Introduction by James C. Kelly)

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