In 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the upsurge of social justice protests highlighted the systemic racism that afflicts our society. The roots of racial inequities stretch back to 1619, to the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia and the beginnings of race-based oppression and discrimination in America.
Across the ensuing 400 years, Black people and their allies have fought for freedom, equal justice, and access to opportunities. They have overcome excruciating conditions and have made remarkable achievements, yet progress has been hindered by setbacks and persistent racism.
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality traces four centuries of Black history in Virginia through stories of extraordinary individuals who struggled for equality and, in the process, profoundly shaped the nature of American society and the meaning of our collective ideals.
Their stories help us to understand the origins of today’s problems and to reckon with the painful legacies of slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. These determined individuals also inspire us to create a better future.
Determined Traveling Exhibition Schedule
03/14/22 - 04/18/22: Ker Place, Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, Onancock, Virginia
04/25/22 - 05/30/22: Northside Library, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL), Charlottesville, Virginia
06/06/22 - 07/11/22: Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro, Virginia
06/20/22 - TBD (Panels): Freedom House Museum, Alexandria, Virginia
07/18/22 - 08/29/22: Reston Museum, Reston Historic Trust & Museum (RHT), Reston, Virginia
09/05/22 - 10/17/22: Fairfield Area Library, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL), Henrico, Virginia
10/24/22 - 12/05/22: [OPEN]
12/12/22 - 01/16/23: [OPEN]
01/23/23 - 02/10/23: Fredericksburg Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL), Fredericksburg, Virginia
02/13/23 - 03/06/23: William J. Howell Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL), Fredericksburg, Virginia
03/13/23 - 04/02/23: North Suffolk Library, Suffolk Public Library (SPL), Suffolk, Virginia [CANCELLED]
04/03/23 - 04/24/23: Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk Public Library (SPL), Suffolk Virginia [CANCELLED]
05/01/23 - 06/12/23: Belmont Branch Library, Richmond Public Library (RPL), Richmond, Virginia
06/19/23 - 07/31/23: Slover Library, Norfolk, Virginia
08/07/23 - 09/18/23: Brunswick County Library, Meherrin Regional Library System (MRLS), Lawrenceville, Virginia
09/25/23 - 11/06/23: [OPEN]
11/13/23 - 12/15/23: [OPEN]
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