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Colonial Williamsburg to Hold Special Programs for Black History Month

Colonial Williamsburg will hold special programs for Black History Month in February, including “Change is Coming with Gowan Pamphlet and George Mason.” (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

WILLIAMSBURG — Each year, Colonial Williamsburg celebrates Black History Month in February with special programming.

This February, visitors can discover untold stories and learn more about the lives of important figures.

All throughout the month of February, visitors can learn about African American Contributions at the Governor’s Palace. This tour, which takes place every 20-30 minutes, teaches about the contributions of free and enslaved African Americans at the Palace.

In “All Things Are Possible,” meet with Robert Carter III, who in 1791 owned more slaves than any other Virginian. Visitors will learn about his inner struggles and what led him to make a remarkable decision. The event will be held Feb. 7, 14 and 21 at the Hennage Auditorium.

On Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Hennage Auditorium, experience “Change is Coming with Gowan Pamphlet and George Mason.

Visitors will watch as Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved Baptist preacher, seeks out George Mason, the author of Virginia’s new Declaration of Rights, to ask how the document will change his world.

On Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Hennage Auditorium, learn about enslaved couple Judith and Daniel as they wait to reunite after a year apart. Guests will hear about the tragic story that led to their separation, as well as what it could mean for their future.

Other programs include “Nation Builders Discuss the Institution of Slavery,” “Sam’s War,” “Measure of a Man’s Worth” and “Loquacious Lucy, Queen for a Day.”

For a full list of events and more information about the special programs, visit here.

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