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Inside the Vault: George Washington & Slavery
Our next Inside the Vault will feature a 1786 letter from George Washington to John Mercer in which Washington states that he “wishes to see some plan adopted by the Legislature by which slavery in this Country may be abolished by slow, sure, & imperceptible degrees.”

Our curators and guests will analyze the letter and discuss Washington’s struggle with the immorality of slavery and the economic pressures he faced. Our panel includes:
- Darnell Abraham, George Washington in HAMILTON
- Jeanette Providence, Educator at Grant Union High School
- Nancy Hayward, former Director of Educational Outreach at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

You can download and read George Washington’s letter here: gilderlehrman.org/sites/default/files/03705_FPS.pdf

This event is for teachers, students and their families — and everyone with an interest in history!

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be available upon request.

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For more information, please contact us at firstfriday@gilderlehrman.org.

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Aug 7, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Darnell Abraham
George Washington in the And Peggy Tour of "Hamilton"
Currently playing George Washington in HAMILTON on the And Peggy Tour, Darnell’s professional performance background spans musical theater, soul music, R&B, and opera. As a result, he has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for his versatility in the theater and on the concert stage. Darnell is a recipient of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nomination for Best Actor. Select credits include: The Color Purple revival 1st National Broadway Tour (Adam and u/s Mister), Ragtime (Coalhouse), Next to Normal (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden), and I Dream (MLK Jr.). In addition to his theatrical engagements, Darnell is a featured solo artist on Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide since its release. Moreover, he has collaborated with Grammy© and Emmy award-winning artists in the studio and on the concert stage.
Jeanette Providence
Educator at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California
Jeanette Providence is an educator at her alma mater, Grant Union High School – Home of the Pacers – in Sacramento, California. She has taught English Language Arts for 24 years. She is the co-coordinator for Grant’s Health Sports Academy. She has mentored Twin Rivers Unified School District’s new teachers for 12 years. She received her B.A. for Intercultural Communication from the University of the Pacific, her Master’s for Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University, and her Master’s for Intercultural Communication from California State University at Sacramento. She was the 2008 Sacramento County Teacher of the Year.