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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Matthew S. Gibson (Project Director: June 2016 to June 2017)
Peter M. Hedlund (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Slavery and the African American Experience in Virginia, 1619-1861: A Project of Encyclopedia Virginia

Production of new digital content and related K-12 classroom materials on the history of African American enslavement for Encyclopedia Virginia.

With this application VFH requests production-level support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to extend Encyclopedia Virginia by building and disseminating content and location-specific, digitally interactive material to facilitate the public’s investigation of slavery in Virginia. If funded, EV will (1) produce for the public about 200 biographical and topical entries written by scholars about slavery in Virginia; (2) contextualize this content with a comparable number of primary sources, audio and visual media, two- and three-dimensional imagery from the collections and archives of statewide partner museums and libraries, and immersive virtual reality tours of relevant historical sites; (3) disseminate this content through a variety of platforms, including the EV website, the EV mobile app, and immersive, virtual reality panoramas of related historical sites; and (4) market and promote this resource and these access points through various public forums and venues.

Project fields:
African American History; History, General; U.S. History

Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants

Public Programs

$366,373 (approved)
$366,373 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2020