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Richmond: It’s a groundbreaking exhibition “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade” now on display at The Library of Virginia through May 30th. “To Be Sold” takes a look at the role Virginia played in the business of the slave trade. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. There are also a series of images created by an English Artists who witnessed the slave trade in Richmond.

Also on display is the 2015 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History panel exhibition, in collaboration with Dominion Virginia Power. The exhibition honors eight African-Americans with memorable and distinguished legacies in Virginia. The panel exhibition is on display on the second floor of the Library of Virginia through March 2nd. And the honorees are:

Lott Cary (ca. 1780–November 10, 1828), Charles City County, Baptist Minister and Settler of Liberia
William Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840–December 9, 1908), Norfolk, Medal of Honor Recipient; Earl Francis Lloyd (b. 1928), Alexandria, Basketball Pioneer; James “Plunky” Branch (b. 1947), Richmond, Musician and Educator; Sheila R. Baxter (b. 1955), Franklin, Brigadier General Army Medical Service Corps; Jamelle Smith Wilson (b. 1968), Hanover County, Educator; Beth Anne Brown (February 4, 1969–October 5, 2008), Roanoke, Astrophysicist and Alonzo Harding “Zo” Mourning Jr. (b. 1970), Chesapeake, Basketball Player and Philanthropist.

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