The American Heartbreak: Historic Memory and Racial Amnesia at Jamestown

1368 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081
United States

Join Jamestown Rediscovery Public Historian, Mark Summers, for a walking tour as he situates the commemoration of Jamestown within the civil rights struggle to acknowledge black history. He will discuss how Jamestown became something of a Confederate "Lost Cause" shrine in the 19th century. As such African American history was ignored and African American visitors were denied admission to the park during the early 20th century. Yet African Americans told their own story of their arrival in Virginia through exhibitions, sculpture, poetry, and protest. At Historic Jamestowne the work of today's guides and researchers stands on the shoulders of the figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement.