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Friday, February 09, 2018

EXHIBITION
2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

Thursday, February 01, 2018 — Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Through education and advocacy, they demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.


EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.


For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.