Black History Museum hosts Aug. 4 talk on free blacks in Richmond and Petersburg
7/26/2018, 6:01 a.m.
Historical researcher, author and curator Elvatrice Belsches will talk about the lives and travails of free African-Americans in Richmond and Petersburg during a presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. in Jackson Ward.
The title: “Making a Place for Themselves: The Free Black Experience in Central Virginia Prior to 1865.”
Ms. Belsches’ multimedia presentation will include rare photos, documents and narratives that include information about several area families prior to the Civil War, including the Forrester, Gilpin, Hill, Ruffin, Colson and Jarratt families.
The event is free and open to the public.
Details: Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, (804) 780-9093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.