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The symposium was live-streamed and the videos are available on Facebook!

We understand it's a little much to ask you to sit down to three- and four-hour videos! 

So we are working on having each of the session recordings posted individually, beginning February 21, 2020. This will make it easier for you to experience the symposium (if you missed it the first time) and share any or all of the topics that interested you. Videos will be posted on our YouTube channel:

As always, to stay up to date on the Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park effort (and other activities of the Virginia Defenders), please visit any of the following links:


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Thank You!

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


The 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 (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 co-sponsored and hosted by the Library of Virginia, and will also present resources the library has available for African-American academic topics, family history researchers, and the general public.

Our goal is to make crystal-clear the historical impo…

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.


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.