Beyond “Mary Bowser”: Researching & Writing a Biography of Black Activism in 19th-Century Virginia

TimeWednesday, December 1, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall

How do historians discover and interpret the experiences of 19th-century African American women and men, when most of the documents preserved in the Library of Virginia and other archives reflect the perspectives of white men? Join us in person in the Lecture Hall as Dr. Lois Leveen demonstrates how we can unearth centuries of Black activism in Virginia, and how this research reveals powerful new understandings of America’s past.

The author of the critically acclaimed novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser, Leveen is currently a Virginia Humanities Research Fellow at the Library, where she is researching the first nonfiction book about the real woman who inspired the novel.


To protect the health of those in attendance, audience members will be required to wear masks at this in-person event. No registration required. For more information, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at elizabeth.klaczynski@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3536.

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