History

A plan to relocate two slave cabins at the former site of a plantation in Botetourt County has prompted members of the historical society there - and some residents - to take action.

Greenfield Plantation was established in the mid-18th century by Colonel William Preston, a revolutionary war veteran, member of the House of Burgesses, and surveyor westward lands. Though the plantation itself burned down in 1959, two slave quarters remain. Ann Layman, Vice President of the Botetourt County Historical Society, says their proximity to the home is historically significant.

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Nearly every Virginia County has a genealogy, historic, or heritage society. They vary from single rooms with books and records to vast digitized. In Bedford, between Lynchburg and Roanoke, the genealogical library shares space with the museum. Jennifer Thompson is the librarian there. She spoke with Tab O'Neal about finding our roots beneath the sod of history.

Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library

List of Genealogy and History Societies in Virginia

In recent months, Richmonders have been deciding how best to memorialize the city's difficult history with race and slavery. Between state and city funds there are almost 20 million dollars to spend on a slavery museum and improvements to the city's Slave Trail.

Lumpkin's Jail, or "the devil's half acre" was the city's most notorious slave jail from the 1830's to the Civil War -- when Richmond was one of the largest hubs of slave trading in America.

Roanoke College

Immigration is at the forefront of conversation in today’s political landscape – and an exhibit at Roanoke College from Museum on Main Street, a program with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, seeks to explore America’s long and rich history with the movement of people.

If you walk into the Journey stories exhibit from Main Street in Salem, you can use interactive features to hear the sounds of the stories told.

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Known for years as the Church of the Confederacy, St Paul’s Episcopal Church is just across the street from Capitol Square in Richmond. But the church has announced steps this week to remove certain images of the Confederate Flag from inside the sanctuary – it’s part of an effort at racial reconciliation.

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