Friday, September 21, 2018

AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Reconstruction–World War I

Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Preregistration required: https://libraryofvirginiaafricanamericangenealogy2018.eventbrite.com

This workshop provides an overview of records created during the Reconstruction era through World War I and explores how they relate to African American genealogy. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs covers topics such as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; population schedules from the federal census; newspapers; and records for elections, educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


EXHIBITION
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.



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