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Norfolk History at the Slover!

The Norfolk Public Library (NPL) is honored to host Charlene Butts Ligon as its featured author for the 2nd Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Slover Library. Ligon will discuss her book FEARLESS: How a poor Virginia seamstress took on Jim Crow, beat the poll tax and changed her city forever.

The book tells the courageous story of Ligon’s mother, Evelyn Thomas Butts (1924-1993), a poor seamstress and wife of a disabled World War II Army veteran from Norfolk, Virginia. Butts became a powerful civil rights activist and voting rights champion. In 1963, she filed a lawsuit with her attorney Joseph A. Jordan Jr., to challenge Virginia’s poll tax. Her lawsuit was combined with a similar lawsuit from several individuals in Fairfax County, Virginia, and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court as Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966). Come and learn Norfolk history!