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Thu, Sep 15


AC Hotel by Marriott

Lecture Series: From Africa to the 21st Century

Join us in a discussion about Africa before the slave trade, the economy of slavery and the history of the middle passage.

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Lecture Series: From Africa to the 21st Century
Lecture Series: From Africa to the 21st Century

Time & Location

Sep 15, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

AC Hotel by Marriott, 801 S Gadsden St, Tallahassee, FL 32301, USA


About the event

Velma Maia Thomas is a public historian and the author of several nonfiction books including the award-winning interactive Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation, (Random House, 1997) now a collector's item. Velma also served as the manager of the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore in Atlanta from 1987 to 2000, where she created the nationally acclaimed Black Holocaust Exhibit , a collection of original documents on slavery and resistance in America.  

In 2012, Velma was selected as a subject expert for the PBS documentary, Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, which continues to air nationally. Velma holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Howard University, a master's degree in political science from Emory University, and a graduate level certificate in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. Currently, Velma is a historian with New South Associates, Inc. in Stone Mountain, Georgia. 

This event is sponsored by Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Council on Culture and Arts (COCA) and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture (DOS)


  • Free Admission - Lecture

    This ticket include free admission to the Riley Museum Lecture and complimentary refreshments.

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