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Pamplin Historical Park hosts Black History Month event

Pamplin Historical ParkPamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier celebrates Black History Month with Elvatrice Belsches on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. as she speaks on “Making a Place for Themselves: A Survey of the Free Black Experience in Richmond and Petersburg, 1800-1865.”

Belsches’ will share rare photos, primary source documents, and narratives surrounding the African-American experience of freedmen in the Richmond region.

Elvatrice Belsches is a public historian and co-founder of the Central Virginia African-American Genealogical and Historical Society. She has lectured nationally on the topics of genealogy and slavery.

Belsches researches and chronicles the experiences of African-Americans in the Richmond region of Virginia . She has authored several titles for the “African American National Biography” (Oxford University Press) and is the author of “Black America Series: Richmond, Virginia.”

Additionally, Belsches is a documentary film maker who served as a researcher, scholarly advisor and cast member for the PBS documentary, “The Hail Storm: John Dabney in Virginia.” The documentary tells the story of African-American 19th-century Richmond caterer John Dabney. She also had the distinction for serving as a researcher for Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln.”

This event is open to the public and included with the Park’s regular daily admission fee.

One of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit” according to the Travel Channel, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 424-acre Civil War campus located in Dinwiddie County, Virginia offering a combination of high-tech museums and hands-on experiences.

The Park has four world-class museums and four antebellum homes. The Park is also the site of The Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865 and America’s premiere participatory experience, Civil War Adventure Camp.

For more information, please call 804-861-2408 or visit

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