Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Freedom to Learn: African American Education in 20th Century Tidewater, VA


This exhibit came out of a project made for the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg in celebration of their event Let Freedom Ring! Students from William and Mary's Branch Out collaborated with the Lemon Project to choose materials from Special Collections which would highlight African American education at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, and in the greater Tidewater region.


Ari Weinberg
Amanda Stuckey
Jody Allen
Anne Davis
Noella Handley
Anissa Chams-Eddine
Gagan Jathoul
Cathy Xiong
Katherine Webb
Arvin Alaigh
Tiera Lanford
Carrie Martin
Rachel Neely

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Time Will and Should Tell All: A Century of The William & Mary Flat Hat

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Our exhibit, Time Will, and Should, Tell All: A Century of The William & Mary Flat Hat, explores the history of race relations, spanning from 1918 to the present, through the lens of education at the College. Our exhibit seeks to deconstruct harmful ideas about race, uncover hidden narratives and analyze the impact of activist and reactionist journalism of William & Mary’s student newspaper. Given the College’s history with segregation, few of the pieces we have included were written by African-American students. Nevertheless, as a group, we strived to complicate popular understanding of the College’s history by providing the journalistic perspectives on marginalized people, whose stories have been obscured.
Ari Weinberg
Ravynn Stringfield
Hannah Freeman
Rahul Truter
Ka'myia Gunn
Devika Shankardass
Ellie Dassler
Rachel Brown
Courtney Bishop
Marina Schlosser
Edward Fortunato
Dana Moore
Brendan Boylan 


Building a Legacy: A Sense of Place for the First Residential African Americans at William & Mary

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When Karen Ely, Lynn Briley, and Janet Brown Strafer arrived at the College of William & Mary in 1967, they did not realize the impact their presence would have. Ely, Briley and Brown Strafer (the Legacy 3) would become the first residential African American students at the College. From their corner room in the basement of Jefferson Hall to the Wren Building, these women carved spaces for themselves and for those African American students who would follow.


For this Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Branch Out Alternative Break, we worked with the Lemon Project to interview Ely, Briley and Brown Strafer about their interactions with spaces and places at William & Mary. Though their stories reflect distinct barriers and challenges, they were also adamant that they had a normal college experience. They put their academics first, they enjoyed the beautiful campus, and they found friends and places to study. In the interviews, the students asked the Legacy 3 about three facets of student life: residential, academic, and social. Over time, the women’s experiences added layers of meaning to the spaces we currently share as a campus.


Ty’leik Brandon

Marina Schlosser

Lydia Dolvin

Zoe Mollencop

Angela Tiangco

Claudia Segura

Shivani Gupta

Ka’myia Gunn

Angela Rose West

Leonor Grave

Katherine Webb

Dana Moore

Ravynn Stringfield

Ari Weinberg

Adrienne Resha

Sarah Thomas







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