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As part of its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and abolition of slavery in the United States, the Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission will construct the Emancipation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island. Learn about the monument »

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Monument updates

Emancipation and Freedom Monument: A Panel Discussion with Dr. Ronald Crutcher, Senator Jennifer McClellan, and Dr. Corey Walker. On February 19, 2021, Dr. Crutcher, Senator McClellan, and Dr. Walker discussed the Monument and its significance to the history of Virginia. Watch the discussion here.

The Virginia Emancipation and Freedom Monument will be a permanent 12-foot monument celebrating the emancipation of slaves and freedom. It will be located on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia.

Ten African American Virginians have been selected for inclusion on the monument.

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In the News

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Floor Speech - Senator McClellan

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Unveiling of Historical Marker in Harrisonburg for Charlotte Harris, September 26, 2020

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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Floor Speech - Senator McClellan

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Williams: Virginia has a dark history of lynching. Efforts are underway to bring it to light.

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'Continued Silence is Simply Unacceptable': History of Lynching in Virginia | Culpeper Star-Exponent

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MLK Commission Work Group to Shed Light on History of Lynching in Virginia

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Local and state officials hold community conversation on MLK's "Beloved Community"

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, a statutory and bipartisan agency of the Virginia General Assembly, was created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, and to continue his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues. The Commission also oversees two subcommittees, The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee and the Special Subcommittee on Public School Closings in Virginia.