The protests across the nation in response to the deaths of Black Americans in questionable circumstances have occurred spontaneously and in remarkable sizes and geographic distribution. And all of them in just a few weeks since the murder of George Floyd.
In its June 16 issue, The New York Times published a two-page-spread map of the United States, denoting the locations of protests “in more than 2,000 town and cities . . . compiled from local news reports” and other sources. The visual is stunning.
VoxFairfax has excerpted the names of Commonwealth towns and cities from the Times and added several from local news items reported primarily in the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) and a casual search of the Internet.
As readers may be aware, VPAP publishes a variety of graphic visuals, including those related to COVID and Confederate monuments. However, a suggestion to that organization to publish a protest map was spurned as a matter not within VPAP’s mission. Given the limited technical skills of your VoxFairfax editors with respect to map construction, we, instead, provide here a list of locations within the Commonwealth where protests have been reported. Imagine for yourself the breadth and spread across the Old Dominion— Seventy-one locations. It is impressive, thought-provoking, and meaningful.
Abingdon Accomac Alexandria Annandale Appomattox Arlington Ashland Bedford Berryville Big Stone Gap Blacksburg Bowling Green Bristol Burke Charlottesville Chesapeake Chesterfield Chincoteague Christiansburg Covington Culpeper Danville Dumfries Elkton Exmore Fairfax Falls Church Franklin Fredericksburg Front Royal Gainesville Galax Gloucester Grottoes Hampton Harrisonburg Herndon Highland Springs Kilmarnock Lawrenceville Lebanon Leesburg Lexington Lynchburg Manassas Matthews Newport News Norfolk Norton Orange Petersburg Portsmouth Purcelleville Reston Richlands Richmond Rocky Mount Round Hill South Boston Stafford Staunton Sterling Suffolk Vienna Virginia Beach Warrenton Waynesboro Williamsburg Winchester Woodbridge Wytheville