Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery and the Law

May 11, 2016, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: 
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

Explore how a secret network of free blacks and slaves used the houses and properties in Williamsburg to hide runaway fugitives. How did they communicate to avoid their white masters? What happened when they were discovered? When did it really become illegal to teach a slave to read and write? The answers might surprise you!