Virginia Literary Journal

VIRGINIA LITERARY JOURNAL - 3

[Cover Photo] "Emancipation Oak" by Sarah Kohrs

Under the branches of this Southern Live Oak, African American slaves fleeing to Fort Monroe for protection during the American Civil War, first heard the liberating words of the Emancipation Proclamation. Here, too, they learned to read and write--a privilege kept from them by Virginia state law. (Hampton, VA--2015)

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