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To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
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.

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To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade Opens October 27 at the Library of Virginia
The year: 1853. The place: Richmond, Virginia. A traveling British artist casually peruses the city’s newspapers and scans the ever-present notices of slave auctions alongside the advertisements for dry goods, patent medicines, and runaway slaves. His curiosity aroused, he decides to attend a sale of human beings...

SMITH, VARON, AND MACKINNON RECEIVE 2014 LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA LITERARY AWARDS
The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion. The October 18 awards celebration was hosted by award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani. Awards categories were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Winners of the Library of Virginia’s Annual Literary Awards receive a monetary prize and a handsome engraved crystal book...


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The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
July 1 September 30, 2014

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 availabilty 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
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Virginia author and historian Mary Miley will present Silent Murders, the second book in her Roaring Twenties mystery series. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

 

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