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Constructing a New Virginia: the Revolutionary Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868

When: Wed., March 21, 12-1 p.m. 2018

Much of what we think we know about the Reconstruction era is a product of mythologies promoted by Southern elites who sabotaged African American voting and citizenship rights and built the Jim Crow system enshrined in the 1902 state constitution. The 1867–1868 constitution improved life for all Virginians, creating, for example, the first comprehensive system of public education in the commonwealth’s history. Independent scholar and author Brent Tarter presents this this lecture sponsored by the Library of Virginia, Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and the Capitol Square Preservation Council.

Price: Free

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