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News & Exhibits

  • Re-Imagining a Ruin

    The Menokin foundation has partnered with Swem Library to help share the story of Menokin, the home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee, through a photography exhibit in the library’s gallery.
  • W&M arts librarian receives scholarship

    The American Library Association recently awarded William & Mary arts librarian Kathleen DeLaurenti the 2015 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship.

Beyond the History Books

Slavery at William & Mary is a chapter that until recently had often been left out of written histories. From its founding in 1693 to the outbreak of the Civil War, the college owned, hired out, and rented slaves.