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February 7, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hampton, VA 23669
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A House Built by Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House - Virtual Talk

Monday, February 7, 2022

Join us virtually for this important talk with Christopher Newport University professor Jonathan White. In his new book, White explores the remarkable story of the relationship that developed between Abraham Lincoln and the black community during the Civil War.

Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were almost entirely excluded from the White House, other than as servants or slaves.  However, during the war, the racial color line was broken down as African Americans claimed the First Amendment right to petition the government.  For the first time in the history of the United States, they saw the president as their president and the White House as their people’s house. Between 1862 and 1865 Lincoln welcomed hundreds of African Americans into his White House office and at public receptions.  

The book will be in the gift shop by January 22 for $26, members receive a 10% discount. To reserve yours, and have it signed by the author, call 757-727-6824.

After it debuts on Facebook, the talk will later be found on the museum's website:

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