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Evening Lecture:
Abraham Lincoln, the Black Man’s President

February 17 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Jonathan W. White


FREE for Mariners’ Museum Members; $10 per guest. Advance registration is required.
This Evening Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s Main Lobby and livestreamed simultaneously. 

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

About the lecture:
Before the Civil War, African Americans were almost entirely excluded from the White House, other than as servants or slaves. Yet, the racial color line was broken down during the war 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 American men and women into his White House office and at public receptions.

Evening Lecture & Black History Month:
Emphatically, the Black Man’s President – African Americans and Abraham Lincoln
Thursday, February 17, 2022 • 7 p.m. (ET)

Doors open at 6 p.m. 
This Evening Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s Main Lobby and livestreamed simultaneously.
Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

Attending in person?
This program is $10 for guests, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Doors open at 6 p.m. Each person will receive one beverage ticket with a cash bar to follow. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase at the Mariners’ Café.Seating is limited; tables and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19.
Watching remotely?
This program is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Jonathan’s book, A House Built By Slaves
The Mariners’ Museum has copies of White’s new book, A House Built By Slaves, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
Members receive 10% off. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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You can also purchase the book on AmazonSmile, and support us by choosing The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice.

This program is part of our Black History Month series.
Click here to view a complete list.


Lecture Sponsor
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Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our
YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.


February 17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222