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AHA member Maureen Elgersman Lee was featured in an article from AP reporter Ben Finley about the Bray School, believed to be the oldest surviving schoolhouse for Black children in the US, and its move to Colonial Williamsburg. Elgersman Lee spoke about the school’s curriculum, created by an English charity, which focused on Christian faith and worked to justify slavery. “There was this need to proselytize and to bring salvation while still not doing anything to destabilize the institution of slavery,” Elgersman Lee said. “Save the soul, but continue to enslave the body.”