Discussion series on Henrico’s heritage continues Feb. 25

The fourth installment in a community-discussion series on Henrico County’s heritage will focus on free blacks during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dialogues IV program, titled “The Forgotten Minority: Free Blacks in Henrico County,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Lauranett Lee, curator of African-American history at the Virginia Historical Society, will moderate the program, which will feature four panelists giving scholarly presentations to encourage conversation with audience members.

Martha Katz-Hyman, an independent curator, will discuss 18th century free blacks through an interpretation of historical artifacts. Dr. William H. Anderson, Jr., a psychologist at the University of Virginia, will address the Pleasants v. Pleasants court case that brought freedom to enslaved blacks as requested in a Henrico landowner’s will. Elvatrice Belsches, an independent historian, will highlight free blacks in antebellum Virginia. Vivian Graves, a historical interpreter, will speak on Virginia Randolph and the beginning of new opportunities and challenges.

The Dialogues series is sponsored by the Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks. For information, call 652-3411 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/rec/.
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The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will host the Virginia Ride for Kids at 11 a.m. The family-friendly loop ride begins at Richmond International Raceway and travels through Henrico County. Any make or model of street legal motorcycle is welcome. There will be activities for non-riders as well, including a bike show, food, vendors, speakers and activities for the whole family. The Virginia Ride for Kids is one of 30 PBTF-hosted motorcycle rides taking place this year. Now in its 15th year, the Virginia Ride for Kids has raised more than $1.1 million to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation fund childhood brain tumor research and life-changing family support programs. Admission is free but a minimum donation of $40 per motorcycle is encouraged. For details, visit http://www.rideforkids.org. Full text

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