A Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library Program Series
Dan Thorp : A Series on Local Black Schools, Churches, and Neighborhoods
The Beginnings of Black Education in Montgomery County
Saturday, June 23, 2pm @ Christiansburg Library
It was illegal to educate African Americans in Virginia before the Civil War. After the war former slaves were anxious to establish schools and acquire an education. Between 1865 and 1871 a number of schools were established for Freedmen in the county, and hundreds of black children and adults attended them. This lecture will focus on the challenges overcome to establish the first black schools in the county.
Early Black Churches in Montgomery County
Saturday, July 14, 2pm @ Christiansburg Library
Many African Americans - both free and slave - belonged to churches in Montgomery County before the Civil War. Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians all had mixed-race congregations in which both black and white members worshipped. This lecture will focus on the process by which black churches developed in Montgomery County between 1865 and 1900.
Black Communities in Montgomery County
Saturday, August 18, 2pm @ Christiansburg Library
There was little racial segregation in Montgomery County before the Civil War. African Americans lived throughout the county, and black and white residents were often neighbors. This pattern began to change with the end of slavery, though, and in the decades that followed African American neighborhoods and communities appeared throughout the county. This lecture will focus on the origins and development of these black neighborhoods and communities between 1865 and 1900.
Sharing America with David Cline
African American Veterans of the Korean War
Tuesday, July 17, 6:30pm @ Meadowbrook Library
David Cline, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Virginia Tech, will discuss his recent work interviewing African American veterans of the Korean War.
Sharing America programs with Theresa Burriss
Women of Change, Women of Courage: Appalachian Activists
Saturday, August 04, 2pm @ Floyd Library
This project is comprised of oral histories, or "herstories," gathered from women primarily of the Central Appalachian region. People in the region and beyond are unaware of the long history and many accomplishments of these women activists. This project will address this deficiency, and spotlight the women, while also offering a historical context in which to place them.
Mountain Top Removal
Saturday, August 11, 2pm @ Floyd Library
Theresa Burriss will discuss the process of mountain top removal coal mining, the complexity of the issues surrounding the practice, and the consequent environmental and cultural destruction of Appalachia.