Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents
Feb 16, 2017, 4-5pm - Emmanuel Dabney, National Park Service Historian,
guest lecturer at Highland, the Home of James Monroe, Charlottesville, VA

Thursday, February 16 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.– HIGHLAND the Home of JAMES MONROE is hosting a lecture by National Park Service historian Emmanuel Dabney titled “Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents.” Throughout the history of slavery in America, some medium to large-scale slaveholders used certain enslaved people as personal servants. The subject of this talk focuses on several of the valets of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Emmanuel has given many programs on the issues facing African-Americans in antebellum, wartime, and immediate post-war America.

Although free and open to the public, advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP to Nancy Stetz at Highland, located at 2050 James Monroe Pkwy., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through March. Admission is regularly $14 and $8 for local residents. For more information, visit, call (434) 293-8000, or contact Events Manager Jason Woodle (

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