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Evening with an Expert Online: And Freedom Marches On

Evening with an Expert: And Freedom Marches On

2013 marks the anniversary of two pivotal and indelible events in American history, the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, which occurred January of 1863 and the March on Washington (March for Jobs and Freedom) in August of 1963.  This year’s spring Evening with an Expert program serves to commemorate not just these events but the 100 years between them and 50 years after. List to local experts from the Fredericksburg community and from the academic community discuss these events here at Evening with an Expert Online.

Dr Mathews

Speaker: Dr. Mary Beth Mathews, Associate Professor of Religion University of Mary Washington – April 9

Dr. Mathews is an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Mary Washington. She earned her MA and PhD in European and American Religion History from the University of Virginia and her AB in politics and religion at The College of William and Mary.  Dr. Mathews is an expert in American religious history, Protestant fundamentalism, African-American religions, and religion and politics in the United States. Her book Rethinking Zion: How the Media Placed Fundamentalism in the South examines how secular media affected the religious culture in the south during the early 20th century.  She is currently researching for her next book which explores the interactions between early fundamentalists, who were white and African American denominations around the turn of the 20th century.

Rev. Lawrence A. Davies at Shiloh Old Site Baptist Church

Speaker: Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Lawrence Davies, Shiloh Baptist Church (old site) – April 9

Pastor Emeritus of Shiloh Baptist Church (old Site), Rev. Lawrence Davies, is an enduring part of our Fredericksburg community.  Rev. Lawrence Davies became the first African American mayor of Fredericksburg during a time in our country when segregation was still the norm in parts of our country and served as mayor for 20 years.  Since retiring in 1996 Rev. Lawrence Davies has continued to serve his community in various capacities. He recently retired as pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church (old site), but continues to serve in various community organizations and religious and historic ceremonies throughout the city. The FAMCC is very pleased that both Dr. Mathews and Rev. Davies could be with us here tonight.


Speaker: Artist Johnny P. Johnson – May 14 (Entire)

Lecture Only/Paintings Only (New!)

Born in Vance City, North Carolina, Mr. Johnny Johnson moved to Fredericksburg in 1959 and has been a fixture and beloved part of the community ever since.  His contributions to his community, to his family and to his craft have been prolific and inspirational to say the least.  As an educator Mr. Johnson has inspired generations of students from grade school to university, workshops and community classes and shows no signs of slowing down.

Mr. Johnson’s commitment to social issues is evident in his art.  It’s also found in his relationships with the many people he meets. As artists Dan Finnigan and Kathleen Walsh note, Johnny’s entire life has been about having “meaningful interactions” with all people, regardless of ethnicity or background.  A gifted communicator and storyteller, he always strives to help others see beyond color and social class to the heart and soul of the matter and of the individual.  Remarkably his art does this as well. 



Community Panel: Voices from the Front Lines -June 11 (New!)

Moderator: Dr. Spencer Crew Community Panelists: Ms. Jerine Mercer McConnell/Mrs. Carole Hamm/Mr. Gordon “Sherman” White/Mrs. Rebecca Reed/Mr. Richard “Dick” Toye
Community panelists relive their stories and memories of the civil rights movement in the Rappahannock River region. Please be advised that some panelists use strong language in explaining their story. Viewer discretion is advised.