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Germanna co-sponsors ‘Freedom at the Gates: African Americans in the Civil War’

“Freedom at the Gates: African Americans in Civil War Virginia,” the next lecture in the Madison County Civil War sesquicentennial series, is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Madison County High School, featuring Prof. Ervin L. Jordan Jr. of the University of Virginia.

Germanna Community College is a co-sponsor of the series, which is open to the public, free of charge.

Jordan is an associate professor and research archivist at UVa’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. He specializes in Virginia, the Civil War, and African-American history, and is the author of three books, Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia (Nation Divided: New Studies in Civil War History)Black Southerners In Gray  and Nineteenth Virginia Infantry (Virginia Regimental Histories Series).

He notes in his book Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Virginia that as the Civil War began, “more African Americans lived in Virginia than in any other state- 490,000 slaves and 59,000 free blacks.”

In July, Jordan was part of a panel discussion, “150 Years After the Battle of Gettysburg” on WAMU’s and PBS’ Diane Rehm Show.