WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Colonial Williamsburg is reintroducing itself to African-American visitors.
The Virginia heritage site has struggled to attract black tourists, despite a continuing emphasis on African-American history. Now, the foundation that operates the village where interpreters stroll around in tricorn hats is launching an initiative to change that.
A church founded by slaves is at the center of the effort. Colonial Williamsburg has loaned a team of its vaunted historic conservation experts to the First Baptist Church to repair its long-silenced bell.
In February, Black History Month, the bell will ring for the first time in decades.
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More than half of the 2,000 people who lived in Williamsburg in the late 18th century were black; most were slaves.