Online Presentation

In A House Built By Slaves: African American Encounters with Abraham Lincoln

Presented by Dr. Jonathan W. White, Associate Professor of American Studies, Director, Pre-Law Program, Senior Fellow, Center for American Studies At Christopher Newport University

Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were almost entirely excluded from the White House, other than as servants or slaves. However, during the war, the racial color line was broken down as African Americans claimed the First Amendment right to petition the government. For the first time in the history of the United States, they saw the president as their president and the White House as their people’s house. Between 1862 and 1865 Lincoln welcomed hundreds of African Americans into his White House office and at public receptions. This talk will explore the remarkable story of the relationship that developed between Abraham Lincoln and the black community during the crucible of the Civil War.

Dr. James Paradis will highlight an engraving from the walls of Camp William Penn Museum: ‘Henry Clay: Compromise of 1850.”

This is a free Zoom event

Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022 Time: 3:00 pm

NOTE: To reserve a virtual seat for this event send an email to and you will be sent a link with a password giving you access to the presentation. We look forward to having you join us.

This program is funded in part by the Jenkinstown Lyceum.