In recognition of Black History Month, the Louisa County Historical Society is hosting a special lecture program on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at First Baptist Church located at 102 Meadow Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093. Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott will lecture on Black Women's Political Culture in Virginia Then and Now: Before the 19th Amendment and in the 2020 Elections. The Spirit of Truth Community Choir will also perform during the program, which will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. This program is funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

Lecture Description:

Black women in postemancipation Virginia fought actively for women’s suffrage even as they supported Black men and passage of the 15th Amendment. With passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, however, Black women could not claim victory. It would take another forty years before they could fully exercise the right to vote. Black women fought both racism and sexism in their struggle for the right to vote. They created a vibrant, active political culture that took root even before the Civil War. This presentation looks backwards and forwards: It provides an overview of Black women in Virginia’s place in public political discourse from the Civil War to passage of the 19th Amendment and then connects their historical struggle to Black women’s critical roles in the 2020 presidential election.

Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott is an associate professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her award-winning book Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal highlights the St. Luke Bank in Richmond, the first and only bank organized and funded by Black women. 


First Baptist Church

102 Meadow Avenue
Louisa, VA 23093


Karleen Kovalcik

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