June 1 webinar to focus on Black history on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Press release from Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is hosting a free 30-minute webinar titled Black History on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Places, Stories, and New Research at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 1.

In this presentation, Parkway historian Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant will introduce locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway that hold stories of the park’s evolving relationship with Black travelers. Whisnant will explore some of what is known and describe additional research that is needed. She will place the park’s Black history in the context of larger National Park Service-wide efforts to reckon with the racism in the agency’s history and create a more inclusive national park system for the future.

Whisnant is a professional historian and Director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Duke University. In 2006, UNC Press published her book, Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she served as scholarly adviser for Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway, an online history collection developed collaboratively with the Park Service and the UNC Libraries.

To register for the webinar, visit BRPFoundation.org/events.

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