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Lifelong Learning Institute: Lecture: Persistence and Resistance: Enslaved Women in Prince William County

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 1:30pm
LocationHylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater
Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute

Enslaved women formed a vital part of the labor force in Prince William County, working in the fields, as artisans, and in homes. Yet their roles as mothers, wives, and daughters were challenged by the ever-present threat of sale and removal to the Deep South. Even though opportunities to wield power were limited, some enslaved women took extraordinary measures to challenge the rights of slave owners, make some claim to family, and change their conditions. Enslaved women ran away, sued for their freedom, and resisted enslavement in a variety of ways, even though they risked terrible punishments. This presentation highlights the courageous actions of enslaved women in Prince William County that emboldened future generations of women.

Dr. Sheri Huerta holds a master of science degree in education from Old Dominion University and a master of arts degree in American history from George Mason University. She recently completed her doctorate at George Mason University. Her dissertation, “A Great Uneasiness in our County: Slavery and Its Influence on Family and Community Stability in Northern Virginia, 1782-1860” compares the dynamics of control, resistance, and adaptation to enslavement experienced in Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William counties. Her research interests include the antebellum U.S. South, women and gender, and the legal culture and lived experiences of slavery. Dr. Huerta teaches World History at GMU and Western Civilization at NVCC-Manassas.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

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