With its deep brick-red colored wood, the Peyton Randolph House is easily seen from Colonial Williamsburg’s Market Square. It is named after the president of the first Continental Congress, dates back to the 18th century and was at one time home to 31 residents — 28 of whom were slaves.
It’s a fact Stephen Seals carries with him today, as someone working to bring stories of Africans in America to Colonial Williamsburg.
“I don’t know how you can tell the story of that household without including that story and those people,” he said. “That was an initiative we had been talking about for many years.”
The goal is to not only have these stories told during Black History Month, but to have them be part of Colonial Williamsburg’s programming for the entire year.