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April 2015

Digital Scholarship: Re-creating Richmond's Slave District
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab staff present an overview of a recent project to develop a 3D map overview of Richmond and its antebellum slave district. This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Conference Rooms

Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, the 12th annual Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will feature Susan Schulten, history professor and map scholar at the University of Denver. Two lectures—one on the mapping of slavery and the second on the emancipation of the enslaved at the end of the Civil War—complement the Library of Virginia's current and upcoming exhibitions, To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade and Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation. This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks. Experts from Old World Auctions, specialists in antique maps from the 15th through the 19th century, will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of the condition of the map. Old World Auctions will provide verbal evaluations, not written appraisals. Due to limited time, each participant is limited to one map for evaluation. For more information, please call 804.692.3561.

Online Genealogy Resources
Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon

While not everything is available online, you can still get a start on your genealogy research by using the internet. Join Library of Virginia Archivists to explore the online world of genealogy research. Your experience will be enhanced if you have already signed up for a Library of Virginia card, which you can do at the Library circulation desk the morning before the class.

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

The Library of Virginia's African American Database Project
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Library archivist Greg Crawford provides an update on the massive effort to collect the names and stories of enslaved Virginians from the Library's archives. This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.(Presented as part of Preservation Week)

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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.