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.
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Resources for "No Common Ground" Book Discussion
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.
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Giles B. Jackson, Director General
“Attractions And Amusements Of Every Kind Will Be The Order Of Things”: The History Of The Virginia Colored State Fair. 1910 #history #blackhistory #virginia #africanamerican
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The History Of The Virginia Colored State Fair
In late October 1910, thanks to the efforts of some of Richmond’s most prominent Black leaders, the “Colored State Fair” was held at the Virginia State Fairgrounds.
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Dwelling for enslaved people in Berryville, VA
Dwellings for enslaved people in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia. Johnston, Frances Benjamin, photographer. Ruined Slave Quarters, Berryville vic., Clarke County, Virginia. Berryville Vic United States Virginia Clarke County, ca. 1930. Between and 1939. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017892613
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1824 Lucy Ann Littlepage, King William County
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.
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John & Lucy Ann Dungie Petition, 1825
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
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Patricia Godbolt Newspaper Clipping
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
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Evelyn Butts Newspaper Clipping
Evelyn Butts (third from left) attends a PTA meeting in 1959. ``School Facilities Unequal: No Halting Of Coronado Plans, Board Tells PTA``, New Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA); Jul 25, 1959.
an old newspaper article about the birth of john d wilson, who was born in 1876
Stealing Freedom: The Fairfax Slave Who Liberated Himself and His Son - The UncommonWealth
Stealing Freedom: The Fairfax Slave Who Liberated Himself and His Son – The UncommonWealth
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Who Do You Love?: Race and Marriage in Virginia Before the Loving Decision – The UncommonWealth
Who Do You Love?: Race and Marriage in Virginia Before the Loving Decision – The UncommonWealth
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Virginia Untold: Lancaster County Fiduciary Records 1657-1872
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.
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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History - The UncommonWealth
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
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Nat Turner's Revolt (1831) - Encyclopedia Virginia
Revolt, Nat Turner's (1831)
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Education from LVA: Gabriel
Education from LVA: Gabriel
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The Gowen Petition, 1675
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