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Friday, July 29, 2016  |  Calendar of Events 

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
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.

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Library to Offer Discussion on Religious Diversity and Immigration in Virginia on June 21
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, wrote in his auto-biography that the statute included “within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohametan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.” The tension surrounding what constitutes religious freedom resonates today just as it did in Virginia in the late 1700s.

James "Plunky" Branch to Discuss His Memoir at the Library of Virginia on June 23
Richmond native James "Plunky" Branch is a multi-talented saxophonist, businessman, composer, and producer. On the evening of June 23 he will celebrate the launch of his memoir PLUNKY - Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness at the Library. The launch will include a brief musical set and an interview with Peter Solomon, host of Jazz with Peter Solomon on WCVE 88.9 FM. The interview will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing.

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The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
April 1 - June 30, 2016

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.”

Featured Events

Panel Discussion: Religious Diversity and Immigration in VirginiaPanel Discussion: Religious Diversity and Immigration in Virginia
As a complement to First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, the Library will partner with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to host a panel discussion exploring the intersection of religious freedom and immigration, focusing on how the concept of religious freedom informs or influences an immigrant's perceptions of citizenship. Aprilfaye Manalang, a sociologist and assistant professor in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Norfolk State University, will serve as moderator for a group of panelists representing the Asian Indian, Muslim, and Latino communities in the metro Richmond area. A native of Mumbai, India, Rumy Mohta completed graduate studies in chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University and is CEO of Atlas Branding and Communications. A practicing Zoroastrian, he is married to a Catholic. Dr. Imad Damaj is a pharmacology professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Lebanon and a Muslim, Dr. Damaj is the president and founder of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and is involved in multiple interfaith and community organizations in the Greater Richmond area. A native of Guatemala, Oscar Contreras is a program host on Radio Poder WBTK 1380AM. This program is made possible through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


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