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From Enslavement to Statesmen (presented in partnership with the Vienna Community Center)
The venue for this event has changed from Patrick Henry Library to the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St, SE in Vienna.
Kenya J. Finley-Jean, Supervisory Park Ranger, Civil War Defenses of Washington, will share insights from the National Park Service.
For a few years between Reconstruction and the beginning of the Jim Crow era, African Americans rode a wave of reform to some of the most important political offices in the land. Roughly 2,000 Blacks took office on the state, local and federal level, and nearly a dozen former slaves served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. These trailblazers faced mistreatment and intimidation from both the public and their fellow lawmakers, but they also served as some of the nation’s most prominent advocates of racial equality. From a former manservant to a little-known Civil War veteran, meet five men who rose up from slavery to become part of the United States’ first generation of Black congressmen. Adults. Teens. School-age children.
- Saturday, September 24, 2022
- 2:30pm - 4:00pm
- Library Branch:
- Patrick Henry Library
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD-OF-HEARING
Please contact Patrick Henry Library for signed language interpretation or assistive listening devices. Two weeks advance notice is recommended.