Last weekend I stayed at Rosegill (pictured above), located near Urbanna on the Rappahannock River and once the family seat for five generations of Ralph Wormeleys. It was a wonderful taste of Virginia history, and I want to thank our hosts for their generosity.
In this news this week was the announcement by the National Endowment for the Humanities of $17 million in grants for 208 humanities projects, one of which is Encyclopedia Virginia. The NEH has awarded EV and our new partner the Library of Virginia $200,000 to add approximately 300 entries covering topics and biographies related to Virginia’s African American history from 1862 to 1902. In other words, expect more like Fields Cook, E. G. Corprew, and Giles B. Jackson (pictured above).
Finally, this week has seen Charlottesville get taken over, yet again, by the Virginia Festival of the Book, which, like EV, is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Yesterday, I hosted a panel discussion titled “The Many Faces of Slavery.” We heard great discussion from Bruce Carveth, co-author of Crusade Against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom; Edward Gaynor and Michael Francis Plunkett, co-editors of Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery; Kevin Lowther, author of The African-American Odyssey of John Kizell; and Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, a former VFH fellow and author of A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.
And if you missed Taylor’s appearance on The Daily Show, well, here you go:
IMAGES: Rosegill (PreservationPink.com); Giles B. Jackson (Virginia Historical Society); “Who is Eligible to Office,” broadside, July 14, 1865 (Library of Virginia)