Thursday, September 29, 2022

Learn more about JCC’s history with talk on one of the first settlements created for freed slaves

 Colonel Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those who lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, will give a presentation on James City County's African-American history on Sept. 22. (WYDaily/Courtesy James City County)
Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those who lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, will give a presentation on James City County’s African-American history on Sept. 22. (WYDaily/Courtesy James City County)

James City County will highlight its African-American history this month with a discussion on one of the first settlements in Virginia created for freed slaves.

Col. Lafayette Jones Jr. will discuss the history of the Free Black Settlement from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road. Jones is a descendant of a former slave who lived at the settlement.

Jones will also sign copies of his book, “My Great, Great, Grandfather’s Journey to an Island of Freedom in the Middle of Slavery.”

In addition to his ancestry, Jones is a two-time recipient of the James City County Historical Preservation Award and helped formulate African-American programs for Jamestown’s 400th Anniversary in 2007.

The presentation is free and open to the public of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit James City County online or call 757-259-4200.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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