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African American Experience

Celebrating 30 years

Celebrating 30 years of telling the story of Williamsburg’s African American community.

Jumping the Broom

Colonial Williamsburg interpreters re-enact “jumping the broom” marriage ceremony.

During the 18th century, half of Williamsburg's population was black. The lives of the enslaved and free people in this Virginia capital are presented in reenactments and programs throughout the Historic Area.