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Montpelier Station Post Office quietly reopens after furor over segregation exhibit decision

October 20, 2022

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The Montpelier Station Post Office next to the presidential estate in Orange County reopened quietly on Monday following a four-month closure prompted by a historic exhibit on racial segregation in Virginia and America.

Christy Moriarty, spokesperson with the Montpelier Foundation, confirmed Wednesday morning the U.S. Postal Service resumed operations Monday in the small office serving around 100 people. It is located on Constitution Highway near the entrance to the plantation estate of fourth U.S. President James Madison in a more than century-old building owned by the foundation.

The exhibit, “In the Time of Segregation,” that caused the postal service to close the rural location earlier this spring is housed separately in the restored train depot, marked as a museum.

The foundation and board were subsequently in communication with postal officials about reopening the post office, Moriarty confirmed. The organization has stood by its telling of the story of segregation.

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