“Trouble Don’t Las’ Always” ” African American Life in Central Virginia During and After the Civil War, 1860-1890 will be on display from June 30, 2012 – Spring 2015.
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 African American, enslaved and free, was the years before and during the Civil War. This exhibit also explores how African Americans fared when trouble was over and always began. Always in this exhibit is the 25 years following the War, when freedom came and long-hoped for-opportunities began.