Virginia Memory, Library of Virginia


African American Narrative is intended to be a conversation – between archivists, historians, the public, and the records themselves. We want to share what we discover with others, and we want to hear your thoughts and impressions about what you find and learn from researching, reading, or transcribing this rich, moving content.

Press Releases

Library of Virginia Receives National Archives Grant for African American Digital Resources
- release date February 1, 2020

Telling the African American Story: It's More Than Just a Month at the Library of Virginia
- release date February 14, 2019

Library of Virginia Launches First Phase of Virginia Untold: The African American NarrativeCreating a Fuller Picture of the African American Experience in Pre-Civil War Virginia
- release date February 1, 2016


Transcribe is the Library’s document transcription project powered by the crowd. Many African American Narrative documents have already been transcribed by the public, making them more easily discovered and read. Give it try; if you like it, you can register, keep track of your work, and get recognized for your contributions.

The UncommonWealth

The UncommonWealth blog shares stories from the Voices of the Library of Virginia. Learn about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. In addition to our intriguing collections and groundbreaking projects, we’ll spotlight public libraries, staff members, and specialized professions.

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Want to know more about Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative? Learn about the importance of this project to Virginia history from Local Records Program Manager Gregory Crawford in this presentation to Northern Virginia Community College.

Upcoming Presentations

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Past Presentations

  • February 18, 2020: Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 23909
  • February 12, 2020 – Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA 22003
  • November 16, 2019: Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia, Dunnsville, VA 22454
  • October 17, 2019: VCCS Communication, Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA), Psychology and Sociology Faculty Professional Development Conference, Glen Allen, VA 23059
  • February 16, 2019: African American & Genealogy Conference, Newport News, VA 23601
  • September 2017: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society National Conference, Richmond, VA 23219
  • February 15, 2017: Chesterfield County Public Library, Chester, VA 23831
  • February 6, 2017: Twin Hickory Area Library, Glen Allen, VA 23059
  • February 19, 2016: Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, VA 24501
  • November 7, 2015: Alexandria Black History Museum, 9, Alexandria, VA 22314

Download a pdf copy of the presentation.