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Created Equal Film Series in honor of Grady W. Powell: The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia

Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm8:00pm
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Created Equal Film Series category.
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Join Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, the documentary filmmaking team behind Richmond-based Field Studio, for a screening of The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia. Learn more about John Dabney, a fixture of 19th-century Richmond whose sophisticated food, drinks and gatherings thrilled high society. Yet Dabney, an African American, spent his first 41 years enslaved. See the ways in which Dabney’s story illustrates slavery and freedom in 19th-century Virginia and hear from the filmmakers, along with journalist Samantha Willis and Nicole Turner, Associate Professor of History at VCU, to discuss this incredible individual, his story, and the filmmaking process.

Free and open to all. RSVP recommended.


This series is named in honor of Reverend Powell, who served on the Virginia Historical Society board for many years and who was instrumental in the development of relevant and accessible programming. He presided over the historic Gillfield Baptist Church, founded in 1788, for thirty-six years.

Created Equal is hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award.

The 2018 Created Equal Film Series is presented by Bon Secours.

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