*Historian Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbsfounder of the More than a fractional foundation (MTAFF), recently announced that The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation awarded MTAFF a $10,000 grant for its heritage program, the Merry Tree Memorial – renamed “1872 Before.” The More Than a Fraction Foundation presents the “1872 Forward: Celebrating Virginia Tech” series of events in partnership with the Council for Virginia Tech History. The three-day event, taking place March 24-26, 2022 at Virginia Tech (VT), celebrates 150 years of Virginia Tech history, which includes recognizing the importance of the Merry Tree to the enslaved African community, and its continued importance to the local community today. The Merry Tree fell from a storm in 2020. The event will also recognize the culture and history of the communities that make up the history of the site that is now Virginia Tech University (Indigenous, European and
The 1872 Forward program of activities includes 1872 Forward: Native American Land Unveiling on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST (Owens Ballroom), 1872 Forward: A Cultural Arts Celebration on Friday, March 25and at 8 p.m. EST (Moss Arts Center) with performances of arts, music, dance and poetry, and Saturday, March 26and tours of historic Smithfield and Solitude House (where the Merry Tree has stood for nearly 300 years) as well as a presentation on “Contested Spaces: A Triracial Conversation”. These programs are funded in part by this grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
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The More Than a Fraction Foundation operates under the mantle “From Separation to Reunification” with a mission to re-explore pre-Civil War American history from the perspective of African peoples of the time. Its partnership with the Council for Virginia Tech History is one of many collaborations established to accomplish its mission. Its heritage programs seek to expand research and education on the history, culture, and experiences of Africans in America and African Americans in America as they relate to our society today. MTAFF promotes new angles of research and education from innovative goals and focus points.
Other activities in the “1872 Forward” series of events include a book launch by Professor Dan Thorp (Owens Ballroom), hosted by Laura Belmonte, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Humanities, on Thursday March 24.and starting at noon EST. Friday March 25and events also include another book launch hosted for Professor Peter Wallenstein, which will be hosted by Sylvester Johnson, CLAHA Professor and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities (Owens Ballroom) beginning at noon EST and the official inauguration of Hoge Hall (named for Janie and William Hoge who hosted eight pioneer black students) and Whitehurst Hall (named for James Leslie Whitehurst, Jr. who was the 1st black student allowed to live and eat on campus and the 1st on the advice of VT visitors) at 3:00 p.m. EST. Registration for “1872 Forward” is through Virginia Tech’s Office of Strategic Affairs at www.StrategicAffairs.vt.edu/CouncilonVTHistory/1872-forward–celebrating-virginia-tech.html.
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