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‘So Pious an Institution’: Slavery, Religion, Education, and Virginia’s Bray Schools

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series!

Our sixth lecture of the series will feature Nicole Brown.

When the Williamsburg Bray School opened its doors on September 29, 1760, it was the first official endeavor in Virginia to provide education for enslaved and free African Americans. Offering religious instruction in the Anglican tradition, the varied perspectives on Virginia Bray Schools were often complicated and contradictory. Public historian and early colonial scholar Nicole Brown will explain the pivotal role these schools had on our understanding of the relationship between slavery, religion, and education prior to the American Revolution and the Second Great Awakening.

Nicole Brown is a researcher, performer, and interpreter of women in Virginia spanning from 1750 to 1800. As of 2020, Mrs. Brown is completing an M.A. in American Studies at The College of William & Mary.

This virtual presentation will take place on Zoom. While we hope you can join us live, a recording of this lecture will be available for viewing for one month after the lecture date.

Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.


February 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Virtual Presentation


Wilton House Museum