Angela’s arrival in Jamestown in 1619 marked the beginning of a subjugation that left millions in chains

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Across Virginia, the landscape of slavery is fading as some work to preserve what is left.

Finding supposedly empirical evidence of black inferiority was important to justifying slavery.

People of African descent carved out lives before slavery tightened its grip.


Many of the enslaved and their descendants would ultimately be motivated and uplifted by a faith that had been used to oppress.

Shortly after colonists established laws on how to govern, they created laws on how to enslave.