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‘Fort Norfolk’s Black History’ topic of Feb. 8 talk

Steven Forrest, retired from the U.S. Navy Audit Service, will speak on “Fort Norfolk’s Black History” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater, Norfolk.

His talk is based on his more than 25 years of research, will focus on the African American presence at the fort, from its construction in 1794 to the Civil War, when a regiment of African American soldiers served as prison guards there, and a contraband camp sheltered escaped slaves nearby.

The program is part of the Louis L. Guy Lecture Series of the Norfolk Historical Society.

Other lectures this year will include the following:

March 8, Ed Moore of the Mariners’ Museum will speak on “Torpedo Junction—The German U-Boat War Along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts”;

April 12, Josh Weinstein, “Victorian Art & Architecture at Elmwood Cemetery”;

May 10, Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial, “MacArthur and Sports.”

All events are at the Mac-Arthur Visitor Center, and are...

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