Thanks to your advocacy efforts on our behalf, we're happy to report that the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill includes a very small increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities! While our work is not over with regards to the upcoming 2018 budget to be passed in the fall, the Omnibus Spending Bill represents an endorsement of the important work that the humanities do for our communities. These funds will continue to support our work of providing free access to authoritative content about Virginia's history and culture.
John McGill, the Roman Catholic bishop of Richmond, sits for a portrait sometime between 1855 and 1865. Consecrated bishop in 1850, McGill recruited Catholic chaplains for Confederate soldiers during the war.