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Trouble Don’t Las Always: African American Life in Central Virginia During and After the Civil War, 1860-1890

This exhibit explores what life was like for African Americans in Central Virginia when trouble was in their lives, wreaking havoc in every possible way. Trouble for this region’s thousands of Afrian Americans, enslaved and free, was the years before and during the Civil War. This exhibit also explores how African American fared when trouble was over and always began. Always for this exhibit is the 25 years following the War, when freedom came and long-hoped-for opportunities began.

3 Responses to Trouble Don’t Las Always: African American Life in Central Virginia During and After the Civil War, 1860-1890

  1. Hi,
    I’m Ralph, my family has roots in Clifton Forge, Va. In 1910 my Grandmother and Great Grandmother migrated to your city from Puerto Rico. They lived there for four years before moving to Tampa, Florida. In those days you didn’t just travel to a strange town without knowing someone or having a relative living there in the city of your destination, especially for two females. Grandma was about 12 years old at the time. Her name was Josepha C.Gonzalez, mothers name Clara Jackson.
    If you have any knowledge of them living there, who they lived with, friends or relatives, I would appreciate your correspondence.

  2. By the way, “great job with the museum.” We should never forget our history. I hope to visit it before it closes next year. I’m doing some family history research in Virginia. I have family roots there on both sides of the family.

    Ralph Mosley Jr.

  3. Sharon Sanders Brooks says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading information about the museum once again. My maternal side of the family lived in Lynchburg before they moved to Washington, D.C.. I look forward to visiting the museum and the City to conduct family research in 2015.

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