The art center will host an online event, “From Africa to Richmond”

Richmond Art Center (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) will host ‘From Africa to Richmond’, a free online event on Monday February 28 from 7-8pm during which Patricia Mapps will give a special presentation on her family’s ‘path of freedom in Africa on Enslavement and Emancipation in the Southern United States and on Civil Rights Activism in Richmond.

Mapps – who attended Walter T. Helms Junior High School and Richmond Union High School and later worked as an IBM computer systems engineer – traced his ancestry to Africa via archival research, oral history and DNA, according to the RAC. What she discovered was a story “of slavery, emancipation, deciding to buy and live on the land they ‘tamed’ when enslaved ‘and their transition to’ farm workers and then farmers and civil rights activism in Richmond”.

During her special online presentation, Patricia will share the findings of her research. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To RSVP for the free event and to receive the Zoom link, click here.

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