Era Explorations: Richmond in Black, White and Gray












Examine the Civil War in Richmond through the lives of the free and enslaved, Union and Confederate, and through the lens of prolific photographers. In this program, students analyze artifacts, photographs and other primary sources produced during this period of American conflict.

Program Objectives: Students will learn how the development of a slavery-based agricultural economy in the South lead to the American Civil War, and determine Richmond’s role both in the slavery-based economy and as the Capitol of the Confederacy during the war. Students will also compare and contrast historical perspectives and apply evidence from primary source materials.


Program Type: school program
Grade(s): 8, 7, 6
SOL(s): VS.1, USI.1,USI.9, VUS.1, VUS.7a