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Petitions to the General Assembly were the primary catalyst for legislation in the Commonwealth from 1776 until 1865. Public improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of slaves, division of counties, incorporation of towns, religious…

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Second Baptist Church was built at the corner of Franklin and Adams Streets in 1906. The building was designed by Wiliam C. Noland, one of the best-known architects of the period and founder of the  firm Noland and Baskervill (still operating in…

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Ann Walker had experienced issues with her husband George, who was not a member of the Church of England and disapproved of Ann’s religious choice. Ann petitioned the government for permission to not only attend the church, but to also raise her…

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Early in 1776 John Adams published Thoughts in Government, a pamphlet laying out his framework for a republican form of government that influenced colonies as they created their individual state constitutions.  Virginia, like many of the states,…

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The painting entitled “Adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights” was produced in 1974 by Jack Clifton. Clifton was commissioned by the Jamestown- Yorktown Foundation to paint a depiction of the first legislative assembly at Jamestown and was…

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After the Constitution was written, nine states were needed to ratify it before it became law. George Mason, who was the author of Virginia Declaration of Rights, wanted the Constitution to include guarantees for fundamental liberties which reflected…

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When the first English settlers arrived in 1607, the Church of England served as the official state church of the Virginia Colony. Under the 1689 English Act of Toleration, Protestants who were not members of the Church of England were still required…

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After the Revolutionary War began, Virginia began to raise a militia for defense. Baptist leaders petitioned the third Virginia Revolutionary Convention requesting permission for Baptist ministers to preach to soldiers who did not wish to attend…

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Circulated in Staunton, Virginia, the broadside dates to sometime between 1900 and 1919. In it, the women of Staunton asked the men in their community to vote in favor of prohibition or the legal elimination of alcohol consumption and sale. The…

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The House of Burgesses was the first elected general assembly in the colonies. From 1619- 1776, the elected representatives would pass laws, grant supplies, and act in the capacity of a supreme court to review cases of the county courts. From…
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