Thursday, July 23, 2015

“I Am a Soldier Now”: United States Colored Troops in Virginia's Civil War
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Approximately 180,000 African Americans served in the Union army during the Civil War, and many more African Americans served in the Union navy. At least 5,723 black soldiers were mustered into service in Virginia, although Virginia-born and -raised black troops likely joined in other locations. Emmanuel Dabney (Petersburg National Battlefield Park), James Price (historic site manager of the Ben Lomond Historic Site and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Woodbridge), and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) will discuss the history of the United States Colored Troops and the role they played in shaping Virginia's Civil War experience. This program complements Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.

Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Monday, July 06, 2015 — Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.

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