Tom Perriello listens to an IUE-CWA Local 162 union member asking about automation.
Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions.
Before Perriello arrived Jack Roland Chief Steward with Local 82162 at Harris Corporation said he wanted to know how Perriello views the future of the working class. Where does he see unions place in the future.
Jeff Moran, who works for Harris Corporation (again formerly ITT
The History Museum of Western Virginia is showcasing the “Civil War in Virginia” exhibit in its entirety starting Saturday, June 8. It runs through June 1, 2014. The exhibition, presents paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags and other objects.
There are two parts to the exhibit and the History Museum is the only Virginia museum to have the space to display it all said Kim Clymer, Operations Manager.
The 3,000 square-foot exhibition was organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Endowment of Humanities. It showcases more than 200 objects and utilizes 17 state-of-the-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia.
The exhibit is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Center in the Square.
Visitors will learn some little known facts like it wasn’t bullets, but bacteria and viruses that were the deadliest enemy. Antibiotics were not invented yet. The strategies of the war were mostly being at the right place at the right time. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson decided to “move swiftly and strike vigorously.”
Black enlistment in Union armies reached 200,000. The majority were foreign slaves.
“Surviving the War”, the second part of the exhibit explains how West Virginia broke off from Virginia, originally the Civil War wasn’t about slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free all the slaves.
Enjoy the slide show below and don’t miss the videos and interactive opportunities this exhibit offers.