African American History in Virginia
Some of the Library of Virginia's archived materials, alongside information from other cultural organizations, on Virginia’s African American History.
This 2021 book traces the history of Confederate monuments and their origins in the white supremacist ideology of the “Lost Cause.” No Common Ground documents how monument building—and anti-monument sentiment—reflect the state of race relations in the post-Civil War South.
1824 “free negro” register of Lucy Ann Littlepage, age 24, King William County. King and Queen County Chancery Causes, 1804-1913. (Cite style of suit and 1885-002.). Local government records collection, King and Queen County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Dungie, John & Lucy Ann: Petition, December 29,1825, petitioning the Generally Assembly for the freedom of John and Lucy Dungie to remain in the commonwealth. Legislative Petitions of the General Assembly, 1776-1865, Accession Number 36121, Box 134, Folder 71
Patricia Godbolt, one of the Norfolk 17, requested a transfer from the Booker T. Washington High to Norview High School. Young, P, Jr., ``Key Participants In Norfolk's School Integration Suit: The Faces Of The Future``, New Journal and Guide (Norfolk, Va); Aug 30, 1958
This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people. Read more about it on the Library of Virginia UncommonWealth blog post.
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History – The UncommonWealth. In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor distinguished Virginians, past and present, as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their important contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions. #blackhistory #africanamerican #history #Virginia
Gowen sought relief from his new master, whom he declared was attempting to prolong his servitude. After reviewing the petition, the governor and council ordered that Gowen be freed. This document gives an example of the precarious situation of African Americans in the early colony before slavery was completely institutionalized. #blackhistory #africanamerican #history #Virginia
In a series of row houses that still stand on Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia, the selling and purchase of human beings, in the form of slave trading, occurred on a massive scale. This series of photographs provide evidence of the conditions of the slave pens, or holding areas, where enslaved people awaited auction in Alexandria or transportation to other major slave-trading sites in the South. #blackhistory #history #Virginia #Alexandria
This printed bill of sale, which was filled in on January 25, 1854, documents that Joseph Reid Anderson, of Richmond, director of the Tredegar Iron Works and one of the most important industrialists in nineteenth-century Virginia, purchased an enslaved woman named Martha and her son named Edward for $650. #blackhistory #history #Richmond