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245th Anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights

245th Anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, is often noted for its influence on the Declaration of Independence and as the basis of the Bill of Rights. The opening statement, that the Declaration of Rights “is made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government” was, however, limited to a certain group of people. Not all people of Virginia were represented at the Convention.

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The Importance of Community Archives

The Importance of Community Archives

Preserving community archives is essential to the work of the Center for Mason Legacies, as we explore the various legacies of our nation’s founding, including our troubled history with enslavement and displacement of indigenous peoples.

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Representations of Race

Representations of Race

In this online course, students will investigate the social and cultural construction of racial categories that have led to inaccurate and stereotypical representations that persist and cause harm today.

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"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

"If we do not gather our stories, who will?"

Wendi Manuel-Scott, associate director of CML and professor of integrative studies and history, shares her thoughts on the Racial Reckoning project as an intervention and an opportunity to challenge the long history of archival erasure of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and immigrant voices.

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Center launches new digital collection project: Racial Reckoning

Center launches new digital collection project: Racial Reckoning

The Center for Mason Legacies has created and launched a new digital initiative: Racial Reckoning. Racial Reckoning is a response to the mass protests across our nation and around the world following the police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks in the spring and summer of 2020. 

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“By Profit and Loss for 46 Negroes [D]ied”

“By Profit and Loss for 46 Negroes [D]ied”

Researchers in the Center for Mason Legacies (CML) have gained access to the original pages of John Mercer’s handwritten account book, which reveals evidence of his investment in human trafficking and identifies the slaveholders with whom Mercer transacted deals. Mercer was George Mason IV's uncle and mentor.

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