What Is A Family?

Hennage Auditorium
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 326 W. Francis St. Williamsburg 23185

The concept of family is as old as humankind, but its social and legal definition has changed over the years. Discover the ties that bind us together in this moving program by Valarie Holmes. Explore the situation of Ann Ashby and her children, who escape the bonds of slavery. Through the efforts of Ann's free black husband, the family is reunited in freedom. Learn about the legal and social challenges slaves and free blacks in colonial Virginia faced as they sought to keep "family" together.