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About the Symposium

Thank you! The symposium was a wonderful success.  If you missed it, you can watch it on Facebook by clicking HERE


About the SymposiumThe Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will host “Truth & Conciliation in the 400th Year: A Shockoe Bottom Public History Symposium” to be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219.
With panel discussions and cultural presentations, this all-day symposium will examine the history of Africans and people of African descent in Virginia from their earliest days to the present and the vital role that Shockoe Bottom has played in that history.

This nationally significant event is hosted by the Library of Virginia which will also offer information about its resources for African-American academic topics, family history researchers, and the general public.

Our goal is to make crystal-clear the hist…
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Meet our Performers!

We are very excited to have three wonderful Richmond area artists participating in the symposium, adding richness to what might be considered a traditional academic history discussion.


Meet our Moderators

We are very pleased to confirm that Carmen Foster, Michael Blakey, and Christy Coleman have agreed to be moderators for our three main panel discussions. Learn more about them on the Participants page.