October 2, 2023

Black History Month Lecture, 2/21

Gene Smith

Gene Allen Smith

Dr. Gene Allen Smith, professor of history and director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University, will present a lecture “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” on Thursday, Feb. 21. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, room 411, and is free and open to the public.

Smith is the author of “The Slaves’ Gamble:  Choosing Sides in the War of 1812.” The book explores the history-changing decisions made by the African-American combatants of the crucial conflict, and how the opportunity to fight changed the course of slavery in America. The lecture, in honor of Black History Month, is co-sponsored by the Papers of James Monroe, the James Monroe Museum and the UMW Department of History and American Studies.


About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.