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Your Humble Petitioner: Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians

February 7 @ 9:00 am - November 13 @ 5:00 pm

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“Your Humble Petitioner: Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians”

On view through November 19, 2022

Free and open to the public. Free parking is available below the Library at 800 East Broad Street.

Imagine having to explain to the House of Delegates why you want to divorce your spouse, or 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.

The Library’s collection of nearly 25,000 petitions reveals how Virginians communicated their concerns on a wide range of topics. Your Humble Petitioner: Legislative Petitions Gave Voice to Virginians highlights 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.

Details

Start:
February 7 @ 9:00 am
End:
November 13 @ 5:00 pm
Email:
ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov
Cost:
Free
Event Type:
Website:
https://lva-virginia.libcal.com/event/8941412
Organizer:
Library of Virginia
Locality:
Richmond City
Open to the public:
Yes

Venue

800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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Phone:
8046923001
Website:
https://lva-virginia.libcal.com/event/8941412