Virginia Room staff, Suzanne LaPierre and Chris Barbuschak, researched the history of Northern Virginia’s segregated public libraries. In addition to investigating FCPL’s own association with segregation, they examined the situation in Northern Virginia as a whole, including the library systems in the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and the counties of Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William. In this presentation, learn how FCPL and other Northern Virginia libraries failed to serve Black residents– a story that has never been fully examined before.
To register for the event and/or inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian. Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Statue of Jennie Dean, founder of the Manassas Industrial School, and surviving arch of the Carnegie Building which housed the library. Photo by S. LaPierre.