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Hampton Roads History:
Harriet Buss, Educator of Freed People

February 25 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Lydia Davis Hester

IN PERSON AND LIVESTREAMED
This Hampton Roads History Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed simultaneously. Advance registration is required.

Presenter: Lydia Davis Hester, Museum history educator

About the lecture:
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.



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


Hampton Roads History Lecture:
Harriet Buss: Educator of Freed People
Friday, February 25, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

This Hampton Roads History Lecture will take place in person in the Museum’s McMullen classroom and livestreamed simultaneously.


Image credit: Sea Island School, no. 1 – St. Helena Island. Established April 1862. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Pre-registration is required.
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Details

Date:
February 25
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Venue

The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
Phone:
(757) 596-2222
Website:
https://marinersmuseum.org