LVA News and Events http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news Library of Virginia News and Events en-us Mon, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news webmaster@lva.virginia.gov webmaster@lva.virginia.gov 240 To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade http://www.virginiamemory.com/exhibitions/current_exhibition This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people. Friday, October 31, 2014 789