Many thoughtful writers, researchers, and community leaders contributed their knowledge to The Hail-Storm: John Dabney in Virginia. In these short clips, we share snippets of interviews with some of these individuals to further illustrate John Dabney's remarkable story.
Susan Winiecki and Maureen Egan, co-founders of the food festival, Fire, Flour & Fork, and co-authors of Richmond's Culinary History: Seeds of Change, reveal how they first learned of John Dabney—and then, decided to celebrate his legacy through an annual dinner.
Culinary historian Robert Moss, author of Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South, with Recipes, hones in on the crucial element of John Dabney's story that makes it possible for us to learn richly textured truths not only about the man—but also, about 19th-century Virginia and the American South.
Historian Cassandra Newby-Alexander of Norfolk State University explains how John Dabney's life illustrates some of the "many exceptions" inherent in the often oversimplified "landscape of slavery."
Researcher Elvatrice Belsches describes the principles that John and Elizabeth Dabney embraced as they guided their children to seek lives far beyond even the remarkable success they achieved.
Richmond restaurateur Neverett Eggleston III carries forward the work of his father, grandfather—and the standards set by John Dabney—in his family's five-decade commitment to hospitality, cooking, and community in Virginia's capital city.
Richmond restaurant manager Chauncey Jenkins of Lemaire discusses his family's roots in the culinary profession, and the connections he finds between the work of John Dabney and his own.