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Celebrate Black History

Join us in celebrating Black History Month as The Mariners’ Museum and Park presents a variety of programs recognizing the rich history and culture of Blacks, Africans, and African Americans who helped to shape the world!

Programs vary in person, virtual or both. Pre-registration may be required.

For more information, contact: [email protected] or call (757) 596-2222.


UPCOMING BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMMING:


 

Civil War Lecture

The Honorable Robert Smalls

IN PERSON & LIVESTREAMED: Friday, February 18, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Presenter: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the lecture:
Robert Smalls was born enslaved on February 23, 1839, in Beaufort, South Carolina. He was working as a harbor pilot when the Civil War erupted. Smalls became the helmsman of the Confederate gunboat CSS Planter. Disguised as the steamer’s captain, he was able to take the ship and most of the crew members and their families out past Fort Sumter guarding Charleston harbor. Smalls surrendered the steamer to USS Onward during the early morning of May 13, 1862. He continued as a pilot on several different Union warships until the war ended. Then he gained literacy and purchased his former enslaver’s home in Beaufort. He partnered in several successful business ventures and had an equally successful political career. He served five terms in the US House of Representatives, was the collector of the Port of Beaufort, and served as ambassador to Liberia. Smalls died on February 23, 1915, a recognized leader and strong proponent of African American rights and service in the military.

Advance registration is required whether attending in person or online.
Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited, and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19. Although not required, wearing a mask is highly encouraged while attending this lecture in person.Should you find you are unable to attend, please call us at (757) 596-2222 to cancel your reservation so that another history fan can attend.

Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online and you may register below.

Africa’s Kingdoms and Maritime Cultures: The Nilotic People

VIRTUAL: Thursday, February 24, 2022 • 1 p.m. (ET)

Presenter: Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer at The Mariners’ Museum

Come learn about the indigenous people of the Nile Valley in Africa from Erika Cosme, the Museum’s content and interpretation developer.

About the program:
Regions around the Nile River are home to the indigenous Nilotic people. For thousands of years, they have migrated along the Nile’s tributaries, populating the landscape. Nilotic Peoples delves into the cultures, traditions, and practices of many of these tribal groups, and how they are viewed in our world today.


FREE virtual event. Advance registration is required.

 

Hampton Roads History Lecture

Harriet Buss: Educator of Freed People

IN PERSON & LIVESTREAMED: Friday, February 25, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Presenter: Lydia Davis Hester, history educator at The Mariners’ Museum

About the presentation:
In 1863, Harriet M. Buss, a schoolteacher from Sterling, Massachusetts, began teaching formerly enslaved persons in the South. For the next nine years, she moved between three states, at one point teaching in Norfolk, Virginia. Buss faithfully chronicled her experiences through letters to her parents, providing a personal glimpse into the complexity of post-Civil War Hampton Roads. A white, educated Baptist, Buss initially saw herself on a mission to serve freed people in the South. Yet, over time she developed a shared goal with her students, dedicating her life to training the next generation of Black educators. Join us to learn about Reconstruction-era Hampton Roads through the eyes of a teacher.

Lydia Davis Hester, a history educator at The Mariners’ Museum, is co-editor with Jonathan W. White of My Work Among the Freedmen: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss.

Advance registration is required whether attending in person or online.
Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited, and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19. Although not required, wearing a mask is highly encouraged while attending this lecture in person.Should you find you are unable to attend, please call us at (757) 596-2222 to cancel your reservation so that another history fan can attend.

Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online and you may register below.

From the Motherland: The Legends and Tales of Africa

Saturday, February 26, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)
IN PERSON: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (ET)
VIRTUAL: 1 p.m. (ET)

Presenters: Wisteria Perry and Erika Cosme, the Mariners’ Interpretation Department

Come hear Wisteria Perry and Erika Cosme from our Interpretation Department provide fascinating details of African cultures that continue to be told in today’s pop culture through movies and television as we wrap up our celebration of Black History Month!

About the program:
The continent of Africa is diverse with its own unique set of mythology, legends, and folktales that were inspired by the sea. Hear the stories and elements that are shared between the cultures and are still being told in today’s pop culture through movies and television. Join us immediately following the program for a short guided tour of Black Maritime artifacts and stories in our galleries!

This Black History program will take place in person in the Museum’s Lower Lobby, and later online in the day. Advance registration is required to attend virtually.

Advance registration is only required to attend virtually.
Attending in person?
This program is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members.

Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online at 1 p.m. (ET) and you may register below.


Registration only required if you are planning to watch this program virtually.


PAST LECTURES


More Hidden Histories Revealed

January 27 , 2022

Presented by Wisteria Perry, Museum interpretation and community outreach manager, and Winston Favor, Hidden Histories project researcher


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel.

Doris “Dorie” Miller: An American Hero

February 8, 2022

Presenter: Ed Moore, docent at The Mariners’ Museum


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel.

Emphatically, the Black Man’s President: African Americans and Abraham Lincoln

February 17, 2022 

Presenter: Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University


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