Thanks to your advocacy efforts on our behalf, we're happy to report that the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill includes a very small increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities! While our work is not over with regards to the upcoming 2018 budget to be passed in the fall, the Omnibus Spending Bill represents an endorsement of the important work that the humanities do for our communities. These funds will continue to support our work of providing free access to authoritative content about Virginia's history and culture.
This short article from the Roanoke Times
(March 10, 1891) describes an incident in which someone dropped off several issues of
the Roanoke Weekly Press, Roanokeꞌs first black newspaper, at
police headquarters. This act was a response to a police campaign against black
"vagrants" and African American saloons and eating-houses in Gainsboro,
which resulted in numerous arrests as well as accusations of police brutality from
Several copies of the Weekly Press, the organ of the colored
people, came to police headquarters yesterday evening addressed to
"Bloodthirsty, and other policemen." "Bloodthirsty" was present
at the time and got his paper.