Virginia’s Protest Sites

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       



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