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New Virginians Traveling Exhibit
September 23, 2019 - November 2, 2019
Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, and nearly half of these new residents are between the ages of 25 and 44. What will this mean, and what does it already mean, for public education, electoral politics, local economies, and a social fabric that has long been held together by a sense of shared history?
New Virginians explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and intends to foster an honest and serious discussion about diversity and the challenges of blended cultures. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities with support from American Evolution, New Virginians highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of edited interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia post-1976.