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.

Read the press release announcing the launch of Virginia Untold here.


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.


We want to gather feedback on Library of Virginia projects and services. The more you tell us what you like, or what we're missing, the better we can meet your needs. You can help us brainstorm potential new directions for our projects, or tell us about things you've discovered in the collections. Quick polls will help us understand what you enjoy and what we might need to change. You can also talk to other users and compare notes, or ask a staff member a question. Connect with us today!

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Upcoming Events and Presentations

Connecting to your past: African American Genealogy and Cultural Conference.

    February 23, 2019, 9:00–5:30 – Newport News Public Library, 110 Main Street, Newport News, Virginia 23601, (757) 591–4858

"Women in Virginia History @ SA", Greg Crawford, Library of Virginia, and Paige Newman, Virginia Museum of History and Culture

    March 20, 2019, 3:00 PM–5:00 PM – Henrico County Public Library, Sandston Branch Library, (804) 501–1900
    Learn about resources documenting women in Virginia history. These include a transcript of the proceedings introduced against Grace Sherwood when she stood accused of witchcraft before the Princess Anne County Court in 1706, and the names of thousands of African Americans both enslaved and free that serve as access points to stories of hardship and perseverance of pre-1865 women.

Past Presentations

"Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative" by Greg Crawford

  • February 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. – Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
  • February 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. – Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street, Chester, VA 23831-1781
  • April 29, 2016 – Virginia Genealogical Society and Friends of the Virginia State Archives: Records and Research Strategies, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Download a pdf copy of the presentation.