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Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
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.

Family Reunion: African American Descendants of the Underwood Convention Delegates and Reconstruction Legislators
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission will present a free public forum on the legacy of the African American delegates to the 1867–1868 Virginia Constitutional (Underwood) Convention and the 1869–1890 Reconstruction legislators, cosponsored by the Virginia House of Delegates, the Senate of Virginia, and Library of Virginia as a part of the commission's commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The panelists include the Honorable Viola O. Baskerville, former secretary of administration and a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Ajena Rogers, a historian, a supervisor/ranger for the National Park Service's Maggie Walker National Historical Site, and a descendant of an African American member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Juanita Owens Wyatt, a King Commission member and also a descendant of African American members of the Virginia House of Delegates; and the Honorable Mamie E. Locke, vice chairwoman of the King Commission and chairwoman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Lauranett L. Lee, curator of African American history at the Virginia Historical Society. For additional information, please contact Brenda H. Edwards, Division of Legislative Services, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, 201 North Ninth Street, Richmond, VA 23219; bedwards@dls.virginia.gov or (804) 786-3591, ext. 232. Persons planning to attend this program should enter on Bank Street.

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Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation to Open July 6 at the Library of Virginia
Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost half a million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. African Americans 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...

Jan Karon to Receive 2015 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award
This year the Library of Virginia will honor Jan Karon with the 2015 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Library’s annual gala celebration on October 17, 2015. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Charles Wright, Lee Smith, William Styron, Earl Hamner, Rita Dove, Louis Rubin Jr., Tom Wolfe, and Edgar Allan Poe...


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The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
January 1 – March 31, 2015

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.

Primary Sources Semiannual Report of Newly Processed Collections
July – December 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of the Library of Virginia’s semiannual report Primary
Sources. Here you will find a listing of the latest collections processed, microfilmed, or digitized by the Library. Since 1999, the Library has annually received General Assembly support for archival positions in order “to relieve the 54-year backlog in processing significant archival, special, and other historical collections.”



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BOOK LAUNCH BY ...BOOK LAUNCH BY TED MARIS-WOLF Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia
Between 1854 and 1864, more than a hundred free African Americans in Virginia proposed to enslave themselves and, in some cases, their children. Author Ted Maris-Wolf, Interim Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation and Abby and George O'Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr Library at Colonial Williamsburg, explains this phenomenon as a response to state legislation that forced free African Americans to make a terrible choice: leave enslaved loved ones behind for freedom elsewhere or seek a way to remain in their communities, even by renouncing legal freedom. Maris-Wolf paints an intimate portrait of these people whose lives, liberty, and use of Virginia law offer new understandings of race and place in the upper South. A book signing follows the talk.

 

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