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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Memoirs of Hon. Henry L. Marsh, III: Civil Rights Champion, Public Servant, Lawyer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby, Free

This new memoir offers reflections on the nearly eight and a half decades of life of Henry L. Marsh, III. A tenacious spirit (don't say 'can't" or "never") propelled Marsh to overcome formidable obstacles to graduate from high school, college, and law school. A protégé of trailblazing civil rights lawyers Oliver Hill and S. W. Tucker, Marsh helped lead the legal fight to implement the mandate of Brown vs. Board of Education—equality of opportunity for all. A powerful champion in the courts, Marsh successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Marsh also became the first African American mayor of the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. He proved a skilled elected official and statesman as he lead the City of Richmond during a transitional time from acute racial polarization toward a more civil society. His service to American society is incalculable. This is the story of a true American human rights hero. Reception 5:30–6:00 PM, author talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:15 PM. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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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.