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January 9, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Museum members free, non-members $5
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Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Sustaining Hope in Trying Times

Monday, January 9, 2023

Filmmaker Horace Scruggs will lead you through a screening of his 2021 film exploring the African-American history in Fluvanna County, Virginia from slavery through Civil Rights.

The African-American experience, though broad in its scope, is often funneled through the history of American slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement. These historical epochs are examined in the documentary “Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Finding Hope in Trying Times.”

Beginning with the broader story, Horace Scruggs, the film’s producer interviews historians, story tellers, and activists to shed light on national African-American history, and ends with the local Fluvanna County experience. Each of these historical periods are punctuated with musical performances by Scruggs’ band Odyssey of Soul. A central focus of the story is the Bremo Slave Chapel built by enslaved labor at the directions of General John H. Cocke in 1835. Worship houses, such as the chapel, played a vital role in the resilience of enslaved people facing the horrors of chattel slavery. 


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