Shenandoah Valley Enslavement Programs

African American History Programs

Dontavius Williams presents Chronicles of Adam
Dontavius Williams presents Chronicles of Adam for Zoom Inalienable Rights presentation.

Belle Grove Plantation

The Slave Dwelling Project's
Programs at Belle Grove

Our third annual Inalienable Rights program pivoted to an online event due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. You can view the presentations here on the Belle Grove website.

Presentations by:
Maj. Isaac Hite, Jr. Commonplace Book

Belle Grove Plantation

Kneading in Silence:
A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah

This 30 minute presentation discussing the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove. Purchased by the Hite's with her two young boys, Judah remained their cook until her death in 1836. This program will take place in the winter kitchen of the Belle Grove Manor House.

Joseph McGill Slave Dwelling Project Presentation
Joseph McGill, founder Slave Dwelling Project


Inalienable Rights:
Free & Enslaved Blacks Crafting A Life In The Shenandoah Valley

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Belle Grove Plantation will offer complimentary admission and feature special programming on the African American history of the site and of the Shenandoah Valley with speakers and special guests from The Slave Dwelling Project, Josephine School Community Museum, Shenandoah County Library and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.

Jerome Bias and Cheyney McKinght portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove
Jermone Bias and Cheyney McKnight portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove Plantation.


To learn about all ranger led programs and activities, please check out our calendar page.

Last updated: November 15, 2020

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