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Race, reconciliation and remembrance

This past Friday, Brandyn Churchill and Sophie Rogers got an early wedding present.U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. ruled Oct. 11 that state law requiring people seeking marriage licenses to disclose their race is not only offensive, but it’s also unconstitutional.  Rogers and Churchill comprised one of a...
By Susan Shibut/ Capital News Service The nation’s first monument created to showcase remarkable women of Virginia now stands on Capitol Square. Hundreds watched the unveiling Monday of the Virginia Women’s Monument, which features seven statues honoring women from different parts of the commonwealth. Mary Margaret Whipple, vice chair of the Women’s...
The giant sign along Interstate 95 announcing the National Park Service’s Stonewall Jackson Shrine had been confusing passersby for years, says the site's chief historian, John Hennessy.“As you’re whizzing by, you wonder, what is that? Is it a grotto on a hillside?” he said.It is not. It’s the Caroline...
By Morgan Edwards / Capital News Service NEW YORK -- Artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his monumental statue “Rumors of War” in Times Square on Friday -- his response to the Confederate sculptures scattered throughout the South, especially in Richmond, which eventually will serve as its permanent home. The statue is closely modeled...
A former Old Dominion University administrator will be Virginia's first-ever director of diversity, equity and inclusion, the governor's office announced Monday.Janice Underwood, ODU's former director of diversity initiatives, will be the first person to fill the position Gov. Ralph Northam created in May amid his pivot to addressing racial...
Jenny Aghomo was excited about the new teachers and friends her daughter would meet if the majority-black school she attended in Richmond merged with a nearby majority-white school as part of a plan to increase the diversity of both student bodies.Then Aghomo heard what some parents from that majority-white...
HAMPTON -- In August 1619, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia. During the Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, which aimed to set millions of slaves free.Witnesses to both live among us.They are the Algernourne Oak at Fort Monroe in Hampton, which tree experts...
You might have heard about the commemoration taking place later this month."Four hundred years ago this month, the first African slaves arrived in North America on a ship landing at the Jamestown colony in what is today Virginia." -- PBS Newshour, Aug. 1.That 1619 event was "the first documented...
Renovation has begun on the Alderman Library, the main library at the University of Virginia. Library materials have been moved to other stacks, preliminary construction will begin in January 2020, and the library will be fully closed in May 2020, re-opening in 2023. The university has invested $160 million...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is asking a Charlottesville judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against a University of Virginia professor who linked a local man’s defense of Confederate statues to his family’s history of slave ownership.Edward Dickinson Tayloe II is one of the plaintiffs in...