• Library of Virginia (map)
  • 800 East Broad Street
  • Richmond, VA, 23219
  • United States

Less than fifty years ago, only one in every 100 people living in Virginia had been born outside the United States. In 2012, the figure was one in nine. 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. The Library of Virginia, working with Virginia Humanities, will host an exhibition featuring recently-made videos of immigrants to Virginia. Some will have come to this country seeking new opportunity, others as refugees fleeing war and hardship. Secretary of Education Atif Qarni is one of the interviewees. Additional interviewees include a teacher; professional photographer; former U.S. Marine and I.T Professional; doctor; missionaries; and folklorists. Themes of the exhibition include: opportunity, family, service, faith, and gratitude. The exhibition will also include physical artifacts. A traveling version of the exhibition (minus the artifacts) will be offered to communities and public libraries in Virginia. Localities are encouraged to add programming when hosting the exhibit. The interviews, with additional videos not in the exhibition, will be available for viewing on the Virginia Humanities and Library of Virginia websites. The collection is also being considered a Legacy Project of the commemoration.