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Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Join us for a virtual discussion of Ryan K. Smith’s new book, “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries.” Richmond holds one of the most dramatic landscapes of death in the nation, and this book offers the first comparative study of its cemeteries from the city’s founding to the present, as well as efforts made toward their preservation. Using a range of archival sources, interviews, and investigations of the sites themselves, Smith traces the disparities between those grounds that have preserved the legacies of privileged whites and those that have been worn away, dug up, and built over, undermining the memories of African Americans and Indigenous tribes.

Gregg D. Kimball, the Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach, will moderate a conversation about the book and the topic with the author and panelists Kami Fletcher (associate professor of history at Albright College and president of the Collective for Radical Death Studies) and Ana Edwards (chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, an initiative of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality). The book will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey, ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

Details

Date:
September 23
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Email:
ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov
Cost:
Free
Event Type:
Website:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_avBgpwfkRh2EgqwcA-iSHg
Organizer:
Library of Virginia
Locality:
Out of State/National
Open to the public:
Yes

Venue

Online United States
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Phone:
804-692-3001
Website:
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar?event=478