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Hampton Roads
History Lecture:
Harriet Buss

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

Lydia Davis Hester


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.

Hampton Roads History Lecture:
Harriet Buss: Educator of Freed People
Friday, February 25, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)
Advance registration is required for both in person and online options.
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 and you can register below.

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

Pre-registration is required.
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February 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


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