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VA – Eastern Shore of Virginia

May 24 @ 10:30 pm PDT

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a narrow rural, southern, conservative, two county region (Accomack & Northampton), 70 miles long south/north, 5-15 miles wide east/west located on the southern tip of the Delmarva (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) peninsula. It is separated from mainland Virginia by a 17-mile bridge-tunnel, the expanse of the Chesapeake Bay to its west and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. Its total current population is estimated to be slightly over 43,000 with rapidly changing ethnic demographics.


The Northampton Co., population is now 12,085, having been a majority African American/Indigenous American from the first US census of 1790 until 2000.  Now according to the 2020 census its ethnic demographics are 32.7% African American/Indigenous American, 64.1% European American, 10.5% Central American / South American 9.2%, 1.9% two or more ethnicities, and 1.0 % Asian American. The Accomack Co. population is now 33,246, having been a majority European American from the first US census of 1790.  According to the 2020 census its ethnic demographics are 67.9% European American, 29.3% African American/Indigenous American, 9.5% Central American / South American, 1.8% two or more ethnicities, and 0.9% Asian American.


In 2009 a gathering of African Americans and European Americans met to talk about issues of ethnicity (race) at a local, predominately European American, United Methodist church. Subsequently, a core group from this gathering along with interested others launched two annual highly successful professional historical musical vignette programs in two local county high schools that honored a strong local African American and a strong local European American woman, and four (4) strong historical non-local African American women (Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter and Fannie Lou Hamer).


The next year at a June 10, 2010 screening of the film Traces of the Trade, some post-viewing comments were dismissive, hurtful, and insensitive, including, “They (African Americans) ought to be paying us (European Americans) reparations!” The African American organizer of the viewing called upon the aforementioned core group to form an Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) Coming to the Table gathering to support her healing from the trauma of some of the hurtful comments voiced at the post-Traces of the Trade viewing. Three months later on Sept. 13, 2010, the first ESVA CTTT gathering of five folks was held at the home of one of her European American friends.


Since that time the ESVA CTTT gathering has met in various participants homes, predominately African American and predominately European American churches, the local public library, and an African American community meeting facility. Welcomed participants from as far away as southern Delaware, the western shore of Maryland, and Washington DC have attended. Participant numbers and ethnic compositions have and continue to vary, including but not limited to, meeting location, agenda topics, time and day of the week. Since the onset of the COVID epidemic in January 2020, we now Zoom gather every other Wednesday at 6:00 pm (EST).


PLEASE NOTE: We are considered a “national” group, and all are welcome at our ESVA CTTT Zoom gatherings regardless of where you live.  See our upcoming meetings at the bottom of this page.


If you wish to join the Eastern Shore of Virginia CTTT Affiliate Group and be added to our email list for future events, we request that you first become a member of CTTT.


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If you have questions, want more information, to be added to our email list, and/or to RSVP, contact us by completing the form below.


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May 24, 2024
10:30 pm PDT


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