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Roots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our Story

October 29 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest’s African American Advisory Group unveils a brand-new exhibit at our Quarter Site on Oct. 29, 2022. Join us for a day of celebration, remembrance and recognition as we open the first new interpretive exhibit at the site in over 10 years.

The new exhibit features 8 new signs highlighting the names of the enslaved who lived at the site in the early nineteenth century, 3D printed reproductions of artifacts that were found at the site and original artwork by Caldecott Medal winning artist, E.B. Lewis. By highlighting Sunday dinner, community, life indoors and religion, the exhibit aims to provide visitors with a glimpse of life at the site on Sunday, the enslaved community’s only day away from working for Jefferson.

Admission to Roots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our Story is free to the general public. A $5 reservation is required to reserve lunch.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 10:30 a.m. – Performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble to lead to the Quarter Site
  • 11:15 a.m. – Presentation by E. B. Lewis
  • 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Lunch provided by Bistro Bros. BBQ (a $5 reservation is requested so we can help cover the cost of the lunch and to ensure we have enough food for everyone)
  • 1:00-3:00 Concurring activities:

Young Artist’s Workshop with E. B. Lewis

Dylan Pritchett and Robert Watson interpreting life at the Quarter Site

Book Talk and signing by Joshua Clemmons

Book Talk and signing by Gayle Jessup White (tentative)

Poplar Forest Archaeology Department on site to talk about and show artifacts related to the enslaved

House open for visitors to explore on their own

Early nineteenth century Children’s games


October 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Roots & Reconnection Lunch Reservation
$ 5.00
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