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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Charles Dew, one of America's most respected historians of the South and slavery, will reflect on his powerful autobiography of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. He rejected his racist upbringing and became a scholar. His intent with The Making of a Racist is to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grownups put so much hate in the children?" The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk.


First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016 — Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.