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Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly

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  • Description: Task Force shall assist the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Foundation 1. Promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; 2. Assess the extent to which students and the public are knowledgeable concerning African American history, the African slave trade, slavery in Virginia and America, and the vestiges of slavery in the Commonwealth and the nation; 3. Identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world; 4. Inventory relevant African American historical sites, memorials, exhibits, and resources in the Commonwealth and assess the potential economic impact of tourism and economic development promotion relative to such sites; 5. Develop a register of historical sites significant to African American history in Virginia that should be preserved and recommend options for preservation and ways to increase tourism revenues; and 6. Develop and maintain a roster of volunteer historians, educators, businesses, organizations, and speakers to act as resource persons for classroom teachers on African American history, the African slave trade, American slavery, the impact of slavery on modern society, and the contributions of African Americans to Virginia and the nation.
  • Staff Contact:

    Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, (434) 924-3296, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

All members appointed by Speaker of the House. Appointment coincident with House term.
House Members:
The Honorable Jeion A. Ward
The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn
The Honorable Hyland F. (Buddy) Fowler Jr.
All members appointed by Senate Committee on Rules. Appointment coincident with Senate term.
Senate Members:
The Honorable Mamie E. Locke
The Honorable Lamont Bagby
Citizen Members:
Name Representing Appointed By Term
4 Citizens Governor  
Ex Officio Members:
Name Title
Julie Langan Director, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Matthew Gibson President, Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
Rita McClenny President and CEO, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Eleanor Weston Brown Chair, Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Adele Johnson Director, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Membership and Term Information:
Max # House: 3 Appointment Coincident With House Term? YES
Max # Senate: 2 Appointment Coincident With Senate Term? YES
Max # Citizens: 1
Max # Ex Officio: 5
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