February 2015

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History awards program
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Place: Richmond Marriott

Each year the Library of Virginia and Dominion celebrate the contributions of African Americans to Virginia's history and culture during Black History Month. Check out the 2015 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Closed so reading rooms can be open on George Washington Day.

Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, February 16, 2015

Administrative offices closed George Washington Day. Lobby, reading rooms, exhibition, and stacks will be open. The Discovery Café will be closed for the day.

Inclement Weather
Monday, February 16, 2015—Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Due to inclement weather, State Agencies in the Richmond-Metro area, including the Library of Virginia, will be closed Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

The Life and Love of Slave Trader Silas Omohundro
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Scholar Alexandra Finley chronicles the life of Silas Omohundro, a Richmond slave trader, and the African American woman he took as a wife. This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.

Inclement Weather
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Due to inclement weather, State Agencies in the Richmond-Metro area, including the Library of Virginia, will be closed Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Inclement Weather
Thursday, February 26, 2015—Friday, February 27, 2015

Due to inclement weather, Executive Branch Agencies in the Richmond Metropolitan area, including the Library of Virginia, will open with a 2-hour delay on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

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 genealogy research. No experience necessary.

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

Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015—Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Please note that the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, will be in session for 45 days beginning January 14. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time.

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Monday, October 27, 2014—Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.

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