Free & open to the public. On our upstairs floor.
Walter Griggs Jr. will read from his book, Richmond, Virginia and the Titanic. Stories of tragedy and valor from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 filled the pages of the Times-Dispatch in Richmond. Residents gathered to honor the fallen and cherish the survivors. From editorials to sermons, an outpouring of remembrance and remorse spread throughout the city. Debate ensued over who was to blame and what to think of it all. Richmonders of all walks of life joined the discourse. Author and local historian Walter Griggs Jr. reveals the interesting connections between the epic tragedy and the River City.
Griggs is a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches law. He has also taught history courses in the Honors College, including a course on the Titanic. He holds a master's degree from the University of Richmond, a juris doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law, and a doctorate from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Griggs has written the following books published by The History Press: The Collapse of Richmond's Church Hill Tunnel, The Hidden History of Richmond, and World War II Richmond, Virginia.
He has also written books on the Civil War, fire departments, and moose. He was awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal for his Civil War books and articles. Griggs is married to the former Frances Pitchford, who is fortunately a retired English teacher and librarian. She edits and proofs his work. He is also fortunate to have a daughter, Cara, who is a reference archivist for the Library of Virginia. Walter Griggs and his family live in Richmond, Virginia.