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13 May 2011

Slave Names Will Be ‘Unknown No Longer’

This fall, the Virginia Historical Society will launch a free, searchable online database of Virginia slave names called “Unknown No Longer.” It will allow people, especially African-Americans, to trace their ancestry without compromising their privacy or paying fees.

13 May 2011

The Struggle to Commemorate Slavery

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality want to give the African Burial Ground in Richmond the respect it deserves. First, that means persuading Virginia Commonwealth University to stop using the site as a parking lot.

24 Mar 2011

Will Schools Open Before Labor Day?

Virginia law generally bars schools from opening before Labor Day. But legislation signed last week by Gov. Bob McDonnell chips away at that prohibition – an issue of intense debate during the General Assembly’s recent session.

08 Mar 2011

Virginia Honors ‘Forgotten War’ of 1812

Virginia is gearing up to commemorate the bicentennial of the American War of 1812. The General Assembly has passed legislation to create a heritage trail of war-related historical sites and to establish a special license plate for the war’s bicentennial.

13 Feb 2011

Bills Seek Health-Care Jobs for Veterans

Legislation headed toward approval in the General Assembly would allow veterans to count their military health-care training and experience toward certification as nurses and other medical professionals in Virginia.

23 Jan 2011

7 More Groups Endorse Roads Plan

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and the Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington have endorsed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan for funding more than $4 billion in road, rail and other transportation projects across the state.