Emmanuel Dabney has been employed by the National Park Service at Petersburg National Battlefield since 2001. After completing high school in Dinwiddie County, Emmanuel graduated magna cum laude with an Associates of Arts from Richard Bland College, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and completed a Master’s degree in Public History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
As an avid genealogist and historian, Emmanuel has discovered his great-great-great grandfather was a wealthy Virginia slave owner and his great-great-great grandmother was a mixed-race free Black woman. Among those in his family tree are his great-great grandfather, Henry Dabney, was digging earthworks around Petersburg in 1864 and 1865, two members of Virginia’s Secession Convention, and numerous Confederate soldiers and officers.
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