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About Virginia Emigrants to Liberia

Virginia Emigrants to Liberia Virginia Emigrants to Liberia Historian Marie Tyler-McGraw's research on Virginia's role in the African colonization movement resulted in the book An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007), but much of the information compiled on Virginia emigrants to Liberia remained unpublished. Rather than have this material languish in files, she wanted to make her research available to others. She enlisted the help of historian Deborah Lee to develop a database of Virginia emigrants to Liberia and emancipators. Partnering with the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, they obtained a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to expand the database with additional sources. In 2006, the Virginia Center for Digital History agreed to develop and host a website that would include the database and additional supporting materials. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities continued its generous support. The website now includes a searchable database of nearly 3700 Virginia emigrants to Liberia and nearly 250 Virginia emancipators, a timeline of relevant events and documents between 1787 and 1866, a compilation of important related sources, links to related research websites and news of Liberia today.
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