Four Virginia Constitutions on DisplayVisit Website
Don’t miss your chance to see original copies of four of Virginia’s constitutions. In honor of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Virginia Constitution of 1971 on July 1, Virginia’s Constitutions of 1776, 1869, 1902, and 1971 will be on display for public viewing for three days. The Library of Virginia is the institutional home of Virginia’s constitutions. The 1971 version, which is the commonwealth’s current document, replaced a regressive constitution that had been in place since 1902 and marked an important step forward for all Virginians. The Library is joining with others across the state this year in engaging Virginians in thoughtful reflection about our constitution and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to join the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century. For information about related events and online resources, click on the button below.