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TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia

Explore captivating and little-known personal stories of the women in Jamestown and the Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Discover the struggles that women faced in the New World and their contributions, from the arrival of the first English women in Virginia in 1608 and the Powhatan Indian women they encountered to the arrival of the first documented Af

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“Forgotten Soldier” Special Exhibition

Opening June 29, 2019 Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent

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Origins of American Democracy

Throughout this monthlong program, interactive experiences and interpretive programs honor the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in 1619. An exhibit showcasing the original minutes of the first assembly that convened on July 30, 1619, on loan for the first time in America from The National Archives of the United Kingdom, will be available for public viewing through

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“African American Family Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870” Workshop

Hosted by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as part of the museum's ongoing "Preserving the Past: Family History Workshop Series," Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research, including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds

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Democracy Weekend

Jamestown Settlement’s “Origins of American Democracy” theme month culminates on July 27 & 28 with a special weekend of themed tours, interpretive programs and military exercises honoring the first General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, as 20 “burgesses” convened at Jamestown in 1619. Learn more.

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