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“Mapping the Trail to Freedom” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at UMW

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The James Monroe Museum is pleased to be co-sponsoring the following lecture in honor of Black History Month with the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Tramia Jackson, director of education and public programs for the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and Eric Powell, Civil War historian and instructional coordinator for Post Oak Middle School, will present on the “Trail to Freedom” project, which documents the history and personal stories of more than 10,000 slaves who passed through Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County between April and September 1862 to journey to free states.

The lecture, “Mapping the Trail to Freedom,” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Lee Hall, Room 411, on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. It is free, and open to the public.

For more information, call the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center at (540) 371-3037 or the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library at (540) 654-1043.

To follow the Trail to Freedom, see