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Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Virginia Women in History Program & Reception
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free, but reservations requested, call 804-692-3999.

Join the Library of Virginia and host May-Lily Lee
in recognizing eight exceptional Virginia women
who have made important contributions to Virginia,
the nation, and the world. A reception follows the program. The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond.com are the print and digital media sponsor for the 2015 Virginia Women in History program. Check The Times-Dispatch each Tuesday and Thursday March 3 through 26 for Virginia Women in History profiles. Free parking in the Library's underground garage
(accessible from Eighth or Ninth street).
Call 804.692.3592 for more information.


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.