This May, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol closed its doors after 130 years - leaving thousands of alumni without an alma mater and hundreds of students to complete their degrees elsewhere. Mary Lou Smith spent her entire adult life at the school, and she’s in the process of compiling a history book to preserve the school’s legacy.
It’s safe to say, that after 60 years, Mary Lou Smith was a fixture at Virginia Intermont College.
Most Americans have heard of the Underground Railroad - a trail that allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North, but there were other escaped slaves who stayed in the South, living in a place their masters feared - Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.
Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom.
At theVirginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, an exhibit called “Posing Beauty” is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair.
Thomas Jefferson is well known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as this country’s third president, but a new book shows him in another important role, as a geographer.
In the age of GPS, few of us give much thought to maps, but in Thomas Jefferson’s time, they were rarely used to find your way. More likely, you’d have a series of written directions describing landmarks where you should turn or go straight. But Thomas Jefferson knew that nations vying to control North America needed accurate, way-finding maps.