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In response to an exhibit of racial segregation, the Postal Service shut down its Montpelier Station office

August 15, 2022
2022 08 15 at 5.53 PM


As with snail mail, information was slow in coming. But it’s faster to realize that more conversation is needed about the difficult history of race in America, in Virginia and at James Madison’s Montpelier.

The U.S. Postal Service gives “unacceptable” history as the reason it suddenly closed the rural post office next to James Madison’s Montpelier on State Route 20—Constitution Highway—in Orange County. Madison was the fourth U.S. president.

The agency shut its Montpelier Station Post Office the first week of June because it objected to a historical exhibit there about how the depot was once racially segregated, a Postal Service spokesman said.

“Service at Montpelier Station was suspended after it was determined the display at the site was unacceptable to the Postal Service,” USPS spokesman Philip Bogenberger emailed the Culpeper Star-Exponent on Aug. 9.

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