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Black History Month at the Library of Virginia

February is dedicated as Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Library of Virginia is hosting a series of events and has resources available for those that want to learn more.

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February is dedicated as Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Library of Virginia is hosting a series of events and has resources available for those that want to learn more.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS:

PANEL DISCUSSION

Research Stories from Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

This 1930s-era photograph of Petersburg residents (some formerly enslaved and some who were not enslaved) was marked on the back with the following list: 1. Mrs. Liza Barlow – Age 72; 2. Mrs. Eliza Hill – Age 74; 3. Mrs. Mary Edwards – Age 72; 4. Mr. James Boatman – Age 74; 5. Mr. John Brown – Age 75; 6. Mrs. Georgiana Preston – Age 88; 7. Mrs. Harriette Hammond – Age 75; 9. Mrs. Eliza Mays – Age 73; 9. Mrs. Charlotte Taylor – Age 74. Library of Virginia.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 7:00–8:30 pm | Place: Online | Free

Registration required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PdFxjWwWS1WzD4OJ2GIyBw

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative, a digital project that provides access to records of enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections. Project manager Lydia Neuroth will introduce the project, describe the scope and document types, and moderate a 45-minute discussion between genealogists, researchers, and scholars on how they have used the platform to enhance their work. A Q&A session at the end will allow audience members to ask questions and offer their own feedback. For more information, contact Lydia Neuroth at [email protected] or 804.692.3772.

www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar?event=514

BOOK CLUB

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 6:00–7:30 pm | Place: Online | Free

Registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdeCsrD0oHtTZyPh6DEsWtDJ7p_KmAno7

On the third Tuesday evening of each month, join a virtual book group discussion on compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. For Black History Month in February, we’ll discuss The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, a collection of essays, short stories, and poetry that explores the legacy of slavery in present-day America. Our discussion will focus on the nonfiction essays; however, there is no requirement to read all the essays in order to participate. For more information, contact Becky Schneider at [email protected] or 804.692.3550.

www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar?event=507

A CONVERSATION WITH ROHULAMIN QUANDER 

The Quanders: Since 1684, An Enduring African American Legacy 

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 6:00–7:30 pm | Place: Online | Free

Registration required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d59F3h7eR3KYf5YTBP3gzQ

Join Rohulamin Quander, author of the inspiring new book The Quanders: Since 1684, An Enduring African American Legacy, and Gregg Kimball, the Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach, in a virtual discussion about the history of one of America’s oldest African American families. From trials and tribulations, to turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones, the Quander story is one of triumph and sustained accomplishment, despite racially imposed obstacles as inhibitors to success. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey Craig at [email protected] or 804.692.3001.

www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar?event=520

RELATED EXHIBITION:

Your Humble Petitioner

Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians

February 7–November 19, 2022

Place: Library of Virginia Exhibition Gallery & Lobby | Free

Although it’s not specifically a Black history exhibition, Your Humble Petitioner reveals several poignant stories of enslaved and formerly enslaved Black Virginians that can be found in the Library’s Legislative Petitions Collection. The collection contains a gold mine of historical information not available anywhere else.

Imagine having to explain to the House of Delegates why you want to divorce your spouse, change your name, or take other actions that affect your life. Virginians had to do just that for nearly a century. Their stories can be found in the Library’s Legislative Petitions Collection.

During the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War, Virginians submitted petitions to the General Assembly to bring local or personal issues to the attention of their legislators. The Library’s collection of nearly 25,000 petitions reveals how Virginians communicated their concerns on a wide range of topics. To obtain legal permission to operate a ferry, maintain a tavern, or carry out many other activities, residents of the commonwealth were required to introduce a petition into the House of Delegates to begin the process of acceptance or rejection. The right to petition was not restricted by class, race, or sex. Your Humble Petitionerhighlights petitions that involved deeply personal issues such as divorce and requests by emancipated Black people to remain in the commonwealth, offering a glimpse into the realities of 18th- and 19th-century life.

The exhibition includes the story of James Lafayette, who was enslaved in New Kent County but became a spy during the American Revolution, serving under the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1786, he successfully petitioned the General Assembly for his freedom. His petition describes his service: “That during the time of his serving the Marquiss he often at the peril of his life found means to frequent the British Camp, by which means he kept open a channel of the most useful communications to the army of the state…”

www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar?event=524

DIGITAL BLACK HISTORY RESOURCES:

Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative | www.virginiamemory.com/collections/aan

This digital project provides access to records of enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections.

Digital Legislative Petitions Collection | www.virginiamemory.com/collections/petitions

Searchable by keyword, locality, and subject, this collection is a rich source of stories about ordinary Virginians and their lives—including many Black Virginians.

Research Guides & Indexes | https://lva-virginia.libguides.com

Find multiple guides at this link under “African American Resources.”

19th-Century Black Legislator Biographies

https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/african-american-legislators-in-virginia-1867-1899

A collaboration between the Library’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography and Virginia Humanities’ Encyclopedia Virginia, this project documents the lives of the Black men who served in the Virginia General Assembly and the Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868.

Headshot photographs of Rufus S. Jones (representing the counties of Elizabeth City and Warwick) and John W. B. Matthews (representing Petersburg). Details from a composite portrait entitled Legislature of Virginia, Session 1871 and ’72. Library of Virginia.

Online Exhibitions | https://virginiamemory.com/exhibitions/online_exhibitions

Our online exhibitions webpage includes Black history–related content such as True Sons of FreedomTo Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, and Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.

Collie Woodson (March 10, 1888–October 10, 1975), Cumberland County, Virginia.
Woodson was a farmer when he entered the military service in September 1918. Discharged in July 1919, he worked as a farmer and laborer. Library of Virginia.

Document Bank of Virginia | https://edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva

At this education portal, teachers and students can find fascinating documents on the African American experience for projects and classroom use. Browse by theme: “African American History”

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History https://edu.lva.virginia.gov/changemakers/strong-mw

Early in February, Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia will announce this year’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History honorees, distinguished Black Virginians who are celebrated during Black History Month for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Find inspiring biographies of current and past honorees on the Library’s Virginia Changemakers website.

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RVA Beer Explorer: World Cup, Holiday Market, Gingerbread House Contest, Scott’s Addition Crawl

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GO DO THIS

World Cup Various Locations
Now through December 18th

Nearly every brewery and bar have the games on the big screen. One notable exception is Triple Crossing Fulton. We would recommend Three Notch’d and Triple Crossing. USA plays today at 2 PM for a do or die match. If you want to be among the American Outlaws the official USMNT supporter groups go to one of the spots below.

Triple Crossing Midlothian Holiday Market
December 3rd

Beer while you shop or beer while someone else shops. I still haven’t made it out to this spot yet, Foushee 4 Lyfe.

Join us for our outdoor Midlothian Holiday Market on December 3rd and shop gifts, goods, and treats for your loved ones and yourself.

Starting at 12pm, we will feature twelve local Richmond artisanal vendors.

Enjoy a beer, shop and have fun as you prepare for the holiday season!

We are dog friendly & family friendly. We also offer a selection of wine, mimosas and a full kitchen.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


COTU Gingerbread House Contest
December 2-4th

I have memories of building gingerbread houses that were complete nightmare fuel. Slanted walls, coated in frosting with random half-eaten candy dispersed throughout. Do better than me and you could win an evening at King’s Dominion.


Looking for a little Christmas cheer with your COTU beer?!?! Well, come hang out the weekend of December 2nd – 4th and join in on the gingerbread house contest. The winner gets 2 all-inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest!

Date: Dec 2nd – Dec 4th
Time: During regular taproom Hours
Cost: $20 and includes a pre-assembled gingerbread house and access to additional candy decorations. Houses can be purchased upon arrival, while supplies last.
Judging: All participants will be assigned a number, which will be included in the photo taken by a COTU staff member once the house is complete. Participants can then take their house home to keep. Monday morning, the production crew will do a blind judging of all entrant photos to determine the winner. The winner will be announced and notified on Monday afternoon, December 5th.
The Prize: The overall winner will receive 2 all inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest! Includes: Admission, Parking, Single Meal deal, and a Souvenir Mug. Valid until 1/1/23.


Scott’s Addition Home For The Holidays Crawl
December 3rd

I’m old, beer crawls with lots of other people make me grumpy. I’ll be doing my crawl with a buddy on Friday and missing out on possibly winning a cool prize pack.

Join us as we kick off this year’s House That Craft Built with a crawl through Scott’s Addition just in time for the holidays! All of partners will be donating proceeds to Richmond Habitat for Humanity that supports a build starting in early 2023. Wear your best holiday apparel or ugly sweater to get even more in the holiday spirit 🎄
Each partner is also donating merchandise that will be put together for gift basket giveaways! Everyone that RSVPs will be entered to win: https://givebutter.com/habitatholidaycrawl2022
Thanks so much to all Holiday Crawl Partners:
Bingo Beer Co
Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop
Brambly Park
Ardent Craft Ales
Reservoir Distrillery
The Veil Brewing Co (SA location)
Vasen Brewing Co
Strangeways Brewing (SA location)
Three Notch’d
Black Heath Meadery
Buskey Cider


BEER NEWS

A new spot is opening on Wednesday which might or might not be awesome. Our invite to the media preview apparently got lost in the mail. We’re not bitter, you’re bitter.

$8M entertainment venue The Park at RVA opens this week – Richmond BizSense.com

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue consists of a mix of entertainment options, including an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course, three virtual golf bays, three bars, a food hall with six restaurant concepts, a beer garden-style area with 30 self-pour taps, a 200-person banquet hall and a 200-seat auditorium for live music, comedy acts and corporate functions.

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Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk this Saturday

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The Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk December 3rd, Saturday, 10-4. Stroll the sidewalk and check out Southside artists’ lawns this season. Additional free parking at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Shop 40+ local artists and vendors.

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Gilles Creek Goat Was Goatnapped

Currently there is a fundraiser to fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats.

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Details from the GoFundMe

Thank you for considering donating to our cause! This fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats. The details of Mary’s abduction are below:

Mary was seen tied up in the back of the suspect’s white/silver lifted Chevy truck on November 22, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm by a bystander leaving the Gillies Creek Disc Golf Course. Two men, over 30, were in the pens kidnapping Anne, another one of the goats. The good samaritan spooked the suspects, and they abandoned their efforts to steal Anne, escaping with Mary in the bed of their truck. Two men were in the truck, ready to drive the suspects away, for a total of 4 men perpetrating this crime. We hope to recover her safely and unharmed.

Gillies Creek Park is a community park run by a non-profit. The goats are on this property for community engagement and enjoyment; it saddens us that a situation like this has happened.

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