More Than a Fraction Foundation Continues its Partnership With Virginia Tech Council on History

The End of Slavery in America and Stories More Smithfield, are Highlights of the More Than a Fraction Foundation's Partnership with Virginia Tech Council on History, Historic Smithfield and the Solitude/Fraction Site
Kerri Smithfield Tour June 2024
Kerri Smithfield Tour June 2024
BLACKSBURG, Va. - June 5, 2024 - PRLog -- The More Than a Fraction Foundation (MTAFF) recently hosted the Story Time at Smithfield event and tour at Historic Smithfield located on the grounds of Virginia Tech. The Foundation's founder Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs used her nonfiction book "More Than a Fraction: Based on a True Story" to help the tour patrons visualize how it was in the pre-Civil War era as her ancestors, the Fractions, were enslaved on the grounds with many other families. In partnership with Virginia Tech Council on History, the More Than a Fraction Foundation, along with the Historic Smithfield and Solitude/Fraction, will host the 3rd annual Juneteenth Observance Saturday June 15, 2024 on the grounds of the Solitude site located at 705 West Campus Drive in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The tour included seeing the living quarters, and other items used during the era. Hearing the stories of how her ancestors lived, how they looked, who they married, the children they had and their children's history. Together with Historic Smithfield, the Virginia Tech Council on History and Solitude/Fraction the MTAFF will host the Juneteenth event to highlight the ending of slavery in America.

Today, Virginia Tech is a research university located in Blacksburg. It was founded in 1872 as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and has an 86% graduation rate and 56% acceptance rate.

The Council on Virginia Tech History is continuing to provide programs to the Virginia Tech community. The Solitude/Fraction is an organization formed to maintain the Solitude property, led by Victoria Ferguson (a citizen of the Monacan nation). The More Than a Fraction Foundation plans to continue its work with Virginia Tech, the Virginia Tech Council on History and the Solitude/Fraction site in highlighting the sensitive history in its long process to seek reconciliation with descendants from both the former enslaved and the former enslavers.

The MTAFF founder Dr. Moseley-Hobbs sits on the Board of Directors of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation which oversee the grounds of Historical Smithfield. The More Than a Fraction Foundation's goal is to highlight the often-overlooked history, culture, and experiences of Africans in America and African Americans before and after the Civil War. Its vision is to explore American history from an angle that centers on the narratives and contributions of Africans and African Americans, offering a comprehensive understanding that includes the modern-day repercussions of their historical experiences.

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