"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Story of Virginia

Slavery in Virginia

Slavery in VirginiaThis classroom presentation discusses the African American experience in Virginia from the early seventeenth century through the Civil War. Students will explore the daily lives of slaves through the use of replica artifacts and primary sources in the form of letters, inventories, and advertisements.

The students will discuss

  • tobacco, the labor intensive cash crop of early Virginia
  • indentured servitude
  • the beginning of slavery in our country

The students will learn about

  • the types of food and clothing that were issued to slaves
  • slaves' living and working conditions
  • African traditions
  • politics and controversies associated with slavery

The VHS educator may discuss several famous names associated with slavery and abolition, such as:

  • James Armistead Lafayette
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Henry "Box" Brown
  • Abraham Lincoln

This program covers mature topics and may not be suitable for all ages.

  • This program is intended for grades 4 and up.
  • Suggested group size: 30 students
  • This program will last between 45 and 60 minutes.

Would you like to request an outreach program? If so, please fill out our online form to request this program.

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