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Uncovering One Of America’s Oldest Black Churches In Williamsburg

January 9th, 2021 Posted by African American Revolutionary War History, Black History, Local History No Comment yet

Colonial Williamsburg, the country’s most famous living-history museum, is dedicated to preserving the Virginia town in its 18th-century form and “feeding the human spirit by sharing America’s enduring story.” At the start of the Revolutionary War, Black residents made up more than half the colonial capital’s population, but for decades their stories were missing from the museum’s narrative: how they lived, how they worked, how they worshipped. In fact, Williamsburg is home to one of the oldest Christian congregations established by Black people in the United States, one that traces its founding back to 1776. For more than 50 years, however, the original site of the First Baptist Church has been buried under a parking lot, with only a small metal plaque to acknowledge the location’s historical significance. african amercian history and the revolutionary war

In recent years, that’s finally begun to change. Museums, schools, and historians are working to broaden the focus of American history so that it doesn’t just center on white stories. The Virginia Board of Education approved a series of new requirements integrating Black history into its schools’ curriculums. And in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, communities across the country debated whether the scores of monuments dedicated to slave owners and the Confederacy should be left standing.

Perhaps the biggest milestone in this shift was the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. To mark the occasion, President Obama rang the Williamsburg First Baptist Church’s Freedom Bell, which had been cast in 1886 to mark its 100-year anniversary. Ever since that ceremony, fellow members of First Baptist Church have been working to preserve more of its past, collecting artifacts and working with descendants of the original congregation to piece it together. “We need, to have people share our history.”

Williamsburg Walking Tours has been the premier tour group to talk about Black History throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and Colonial Williamsburg. Trish’s expertise in Black history, and her research on the lives of dozens of Black citizens and slaves goes back to before the signing of the constitution. Book or reserve your Black History tour now!

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African American History: The Impact Of Jackie Robinson

April 1st, 2018 Posted by African American History, Black History, jackie robinson, williamsburg No Comment yet

Jackie Robinson WilliamsburgAfrican American History is a definitely  one where you have to approach it is a detective. And not just do you have to investigate untruths but also what I call convenient historical absences. By absences I mean things that just seemed to get forgotten by the history books. African American History suffers heavily from significant contributions that mysteriously do not get publicized in the rich pageant known as American history. I guess that is why a historians work is really never done.

April..Jackie Robinson Breaks The Race Barrier In Sports

Nevertheless sometimes history gets it right with respect to black history in Williamsburg and America. Once such place where the overall public perception is very good would be the Jackie Robinson story. Why I am pulling this story out of the hundreds, if not thousands of potential stories that feature African American historical people and stories. Well, the answer is simple..It is April and this is the month Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

Jackie RobinsonA Rich Historical Account

That alone is a pretty well known fact. Our National pastime, baseball, and America, would be forever changed by this humble historical figure. Ok, that is totally true. He would become one of the best players ever. That is documented. But his life was so much richer, in achievement and historical significance than really gets relayed in a sound bite or two. But for history sake let us go into some quick detail that really builds the dimension of this black historical sports icon.

  • So I pulled some facts I didn’t know that I wanted to mention here that may not be as well known. Here we go:

 

  • Jackie Robinson was an Officer in the US Army During World War 2. Something of huge notoriety in itself
  • He was not allowed to serve in combat because he refused to sit in a segregated section of a bus in America
  • He was rookie of the year his first year of Major League Baseball
  • His number is retired from ALL of baseball..Not Just a Team. This is a huge honor
  • He received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest award an American can receive out of the military
  • He was a huge figure in fighting for civil rights, even after his retirement from baseball
  • He struggled with diabetes
  • He was the first African American Vice President of an American Corporation..Chock Full Of Nuts
  • Every MLB must wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson day, which honors him
  • He was the first African American TV Sports Analyst On Television For ABC

williamsburg on site history lectures and toursAnd there is a lot more..

I could probably go on for about ten more pages, but I think I have done this article justice. Jackie Robinson strove for excellence and justice in just about everything he did. What an incredible American.

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Our African American Tour Of Williamsburg looks at Black history through the interpretation of historical data. By data a true complete history of what actually happened and not historical marketing. Cutting, pasting, and omitting history to create a new history is not tolerable. Our tour is open and honest about the true African American experience in Williamsburg, Colonial America, and beyond.


References

42 FACTS ABOUT JACKIE ROBINSON

In-text: (Mentalfloss.com, 2018)

Your Bibliography: Mentalfloss.com. (2018). 42 Facts About Jackie Robinson. [online] Available at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/50059/42-facts-about-jackie-robinson [Accessed 23 Mar. 2018].