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Sites and Stories: African American History in Virginia

Lauranett Lee

On February 14, 2008, Lauranett Lee delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Sites and Stories:  African American History in Virginia.”

Historic highway markers are beloved features of the Old Dominion’s landscape. Through these signs, away from the high speed of interstates, the careful motorist can piece together major themes running through Virginia’s past. One of the most important but sometimes neglected such strands is the story of African Americans. In Sites and Stories, Lauranett L. Lee mounted an exhibition to present the narratives told by these markers. Her lecture highlighted the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in Virginia from 1619 to the recent past.

Dr. Lee is the former curator of African American history at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. (Introduction by James C. Kelly)