Master of Arts (M.A.)
In the last several decades, many excellent historic narratives surrounding the Williamsburg Bray School have been written. However, only a few academic works center the voices of those who daily experienced the classroom. This thesis attempts to recenter the voices of Black students who have long been silenced within the archive of the Associates of Dr. Bray. In this work, I expand upon a methodological approach to studying primary sources that pushes against silences in the records of the Bray Associates. I also use the work of historical theorists such as Saidiya Hartman, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Antonio T. Bly, and Marisa J. Fuentes to address how scholars might reckon with both archival silence and historical imagining connected to the Williamsburg Bray School.
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Brown, Nicole Catherine Nioma, "“So Pious An Institution”: Religion, Slavery, Education, and the Williamsburg Bray School" (2022). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1673281473.
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