Many people have heard of the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the mysterious disappearance of its settlers in the 1580s, but few know of the island's other colony that existed centuries later during the Civil War. After a Union victory, Roanoke became home to the largest population of formerly enslaved Black southerners during this era. In this class we explore the incredible growth of this forgotten community, the issues they encountered, and why it came to an end after just five years.
Please note: While we're not able provide a beverage for you during class, we encourage students to grab their favorite beverage - alcoholic or non-alcoholic - to enjoy during this virtual happy hour.
This class is appropriate for ages 16+.
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About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian and educator living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and seeks to better understand the human mind and heart through the practice of history. As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to blend critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past.
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