The March 1865 arrival of Union troops to UVA and Charlottesville, the liberation of the area’s enslaved community, and the lives of local Black men who served as Union soldiers and sailors are at the center of this panel conversation commemorating Liberation and Freedom Day. Jalane Schmidt, director of the Memory Project, will introduce the expert panel moderated by Caroline E. Janney, history professor and director of UVA’s Nau Center for Civil War History. Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., associate professor and research archivist at UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, will highlight items from the Library related to emancipation and citizenship initiatives among local African Americans. William B. Kurtz, managing director and digital historian at the Nau Center, will discuss the Civil War service and lives of the 256 Black Union soldiers and sailors from Albemarle County, Virginia.
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