Black History Month in Williamsburg
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Celebrate Black History Month in Greater Williamsburg
Did you know that more than half the population of residents in 18th-century Williamsburg were African American? This February celebrate Black History Month in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown with special programming and activities.
Black History Month in Williamsburg
Here are some of the activities and events happening in Greater Williamsburg during Black History Month.
Colonial Williamsburg tells the untold stories of those who lived in 18th-century Williamsburg during their Black History Month programming.
Take a guided tour through the home of Peyton and Elizabeth Randolph and learn about the relationship between gentry women and their enslaved maidservants during A Perfect Adornment Tour. Also at the Peyton Randolph House is Freedom’s Paradox: The Randolph House Tour. Take a tour of the home and discover how free and enslaved members of the household struggled with their desires for freedom.
At the Governor’s Palace, learn the role of free and enslaved African Americans at the Palace and throughout the colony of Virginia during African American Contributions at the Governor’s Palace.
Meet The Famous Barber of York, Caesar Hope. Take a guided art tour during African American History in the Galleries. And hear songs of hope during Joy in the Morning. These are just a few of the activities and exhibits you can experience at Colonial Williamsburg during Black History Month.
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Williamsburg Walking Tours
Williamsburg Walking Tours offers Williamsburg’s only tour dedicated solely to black history and the African American experience. This intimate tour around the Historic Area guides guests along the same streets, shops and homes that enslaved African American’s walked when they were brought to this burgeoning city.
Williamsburg Walking Tours’ African American History Tour has earned Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has received reviews from visitors all over the country. Hear stories of the achievements and contributions of African American’s from the beginning of America’s story, and discover the impact they had on Colonial Williamsburg and the Revolutionary War.
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Throughout the month of February, Jamestown Settlement will feature activities and educational demonstrations. Visitors will be able to compare the culture of the first Africans with that of the first English settlers and Powhatan Indians during 1619.
Mark your calendar for one of the hands-on educational programs, including After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America. This tells the story of Angelo, the first African women mentioned by name in historical record in 1625. Her legacy will be honored on Feb. 29 at Jamestown Settlement.
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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will have daily programs, lectures and classroom presentations that explore the role and impact of African Americans on both sides of the war.
Forgotten Solider tells the personal stories and roles of African Americans during the Revolutionary War. This special exhibition will be on display until March 22.
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Both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will host African-American Cultural Heritage month from Feb. 1–29. Separated by a 25-minute drive, guests are encouraged to visit both historic attractions with a value-price combination ticket.
The Mariners’ Museum
Just outside of Greater Williamsburg, in Newport News, is The Mariners’ Museum and Park. Every Monday and Saturday during February, The Mariners’ Museum will celebrate Black History Month with programs, living history and hands-on activities for both children and adults. All programs are included with the $1 admission.
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