More than half of 18th-century Williamsburg residents were African American. Almost all were enslaved. Join us during Black History Month as we explore the stories of those who lived, loved, and strove to create a better future for themselves and the next generation.
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Witness a compelling moment in the life of an 18th century person. Then join the discussion as the actor interpreter shares how they brought the character to life.Learn More
Despite living in a world where most had little time to themselves and for family, the enslaved still found ways to develop a rich culture and strong relationships. Meet Elizabeth, a free black woman, and her enslaved friends, Agnes and Lydia, as they prepare for a gathering. Discover how these women manage love, work, beauty, friendship . . . and, of course, hair!Learn More
As you are guided through the opulent home of Peyton and Elizabeth Randolph, a heart-wrenching narrative unfolds exploring the complicated relationships between gentry women and their enslaved maidservants.Learn More
Caesar Hope was a celebrated figure in the city who, as their barber, gained a unique perspective on the most notable gentlemen of the time. Stop in to his shop and meet this iconic figure as he shares his incredible life's story with you.Learn More
This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public, spanning more than a century after 1875.
Meet three black women who didn't accept society's limits: Lydia rose from slavery to become an entrepreneur. Katie Marie was educated, and overcame a lack of resources to teach others. Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generations.