Friday, September 25, 2015

Reading Rooms Closed. Parking Deck Closed to Public.
Monday, September 21, 2015 — Friday, September 25, 2015

The reading rooms of the Library of Virginia will be closed to researchers from Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25, because of the closure of Broad Street, the I-95 exit ramps toward westbound Broad Street, and numerous streets in downtown Richmond, as well as the closure to the public of the Library's underground parking deck. E-mail and telephone reference will be available during the week.
The Library's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation will be open to the public as will the Virginia Shop, which will feature neat bike-related souvenirs and Virginia-centric gifts. The Discovery Café will help you keep on the move during the bike races with a special offering of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, fruit, chips, and cold drinks. For more on the Library during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, see:

For road closures:

2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. Expect excitement, traffic delays, and detours, September 19–27, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015 — Sunday, September 27, 2015

The nine-day 2015 UCI Road World Championships, cycling's pinnacle event, will feature about 1,000 cyclists from more than 70 countries. It is anticipated that more 250,000 spectators from within the area and around the world will attend the races. Each of the 12 races will pass in front of the Library along Broad Street. The races begin after the morning rush hour and end before the evening rush hour. Roads will be closed an hour before the races begin and will reopen within an hour after each finishes. Expect excitement, traffic delays, and detours. More information is available at

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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