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Evening Lecture:
Lincoln, the Black Man’s President

February 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Jonathan W. White

This Evening Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s Main Lobby and livestreamed simultaneously.

FREE for Mariners’ Museum Members; $10 per guest. Advance registration is required.

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.

Jonathan’s book, A House Built By Slaves
The Museum will have copies available for purchase in our Gift Shop or online (coming soon). Members receive 10% off. 

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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.

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. Seating is limited, and chairs will be spaced out for social distancing in compliance with current CDC safety protocols for COVID-19. 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.

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

This Evening Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s Main Lobby and livestreamed simultaneously.

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 - 9:00 PM EST


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