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A Conversation with Warren Eugene Milteer Jr. | Beyond Slavery’s Shadow

Thursday, June 9 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Please join us in person for a conversation with historian and author Warren Eugene Milteer Jr. on his new book, Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South, with Gregg Kimball, the Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach, and Vincent Brooks, senior local records archivist. 

On the eve of the Civil War, most people of color in the United States toiled in bondage. Yet nearly half a million of these individuals, including over 250,000 in the South, were free. In Beyond Slavery’s Shadow, Milteer draws from a wide array of sources to demonstrate that from the colonial period through the Civil War, the growing influence of white supremacy and proslavery extremism created serious challenges for free persons living in the South. Nevertheless, in the face of attempts to deny them the most basic privileges and rights, free people of color defended their families and established organizations and businesses. Milteer used the Library’s Local Records Collection in his research for the book.

This talk complements the Library’s exhibition Your Humble Petitioner. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey Craig at or 804.692.3001.

This is a free event. Registration is suggested.

Library of Virginia, Lecture Hall
800 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219



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