The direction of our commemoration planning requires sustained and deep input from communities and scholars. The first goal of our initiative, therefore, is to learn from communities throughout the Commonwealth. Community meetings have been and continue to be held to host group-based discussions, fostering an open dialogue regarding the significance of identified sites to community members and the types of commemoration desired by community members.
We hope to follow up the regional meetings with visits to churches and other organizations such as historically black colleges, genealogical societies, historical societies, and social and civic societies. We invite ongoing written comment on these discussions. From this feedback we develop the framework and material for the commemorative messages, memorial events, exhibits and/or projects.
While the Remembering Project seeks to learn from and be informed by all Virginia residents who participate in the meetings, we are committed to an engaged, descendant community-led programming. We will foreground the themes, stories and programs identified by the African descended community to commermorate their ancestors' emancipation.