The Library of Virginia’s Newest Exhibit “New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond”

By December 18, 2018 No Comments

Partnering with Virginia Humanities, the Library of Virginia has just unrolled their newest exhibit New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond. This interactive display explores the depths of immigration and some of the faces behind it, and is a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

Step into the shoes of local immigrants, to gain perspective on their journeys and their stories. Said Honduran native Karla Almendarez-Ramos, “This journey has to be shared … it’s the only way to get stronger.”

Through the eyes of 34 Virginia residents who have immigrated from around the world, including countries such as Iran, Bolivia, Laos, and Nigeria, this exhibit explores the emotional journey of trekking to America, and the tribulations that follow.

See artifacts on display from various countries – including instruments, medals, and a Qur’an – each a prized possession temporarily donated from a represented immigrant.