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November 2015

Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena

Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

L. Douglas Wilder, governor of Virginia from 1990 until 1994 and the first African American in the United States to be elected governor, will speak about and sign his new memoir, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena. His candid memoir details the struggles he faced during his long career in public service and offers a portrait of the changing face of America. Throughout his public life Governor Wilder has been in the forefront of the fight for social justice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Closed for Veterans Day

Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, Fee

Join Library of Virginia archivists as they help introduce you to the types of records that are held in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogy research. No experience necessary .

Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/LoVGenWrkshp.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Closed for Anthem Richmond Marathon

Wednesday, November 25, 2015—Saturday, November 28, 2015

Closed from noon on November 25 through Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday

Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Monday, July 06, 2015—Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.