November 28, 2020 the Eubie Blake Center to Host the 'More Than a Fraction' Lecture and Exhibit
Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs' African American History Lecture and African Artifacts Exhibit Returns to the Eubie Blake Center November 28, 2020
During the Saturday November 28th lecture/presentation on African-American culture and heritage, Research Author Dr. Moseley-Hobbs told of her discovery of her ancestors, the Fractions, who were enslaved and freed at the Smithfield and Solitude plantations in Blacksburg, Virginia. The documented evidence of her ancestors' enslavement was published in a creative non-fiction book titled "More Than a Fraction: Based on a true story" in 2017. By the third generation of Fractions the Civil War began giving two Fraction brothers, Thomas and Othello, the opportunity to gain their freedom. The amount of inquiries, after her book was published, into such a rich history on an African-American family was over-whelming. Dr. Moseley-Hobbs also carries an African Artifacts Exhibit with authentic African items that connect with her ancestors' African culture.
Her book's research findings, as a lecture, has been presented for the Civil War Studies Department at Virginia Tech University, which is on the grounds of what was once the Smithfield and Solitude plantations;
The Smithfield-Preston Foundation, which owns and oversees the Smithfield Main House Museum and "plantation"
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs is a direct descendant of Thomas Fraction, the oldest brother of Othello, on her mothers' side. Thomas and Othello served in the Civil War and names appear on the War Memorial Plaza Wall as heroes. Thomas was noted by a local newspaper as being a "well known colored man" when he passed away.
The "More Than a Fraction" African American Heritage & Culture Lecture and African Artifacts Traveling Exhibit presentation is held in partnership with Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center and The Baltimore Times Foundation, Times Community Services, Inc. www.ImaginationLunchbox.com