Columbia Pike Corridor, once just a toll road that bridged Virginia’s rural/urban divide, is now on of the nation’s most culturally diverse communities. Speakers of 130 different languages are crammed into a single zip code. Within just a few miles, people from every continent of the world live side-by-side in relative peace.

Now until January 8, you can catch highlights of this international community at the Library of Virginia. For a limited time, the Columbia Pike Documentary Project will display seventy of the photographs highlighted in the book, Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of the Community. This free exhibit includes information about the neighborhood, the residents, and the photographers themselves.

The work of the Columbia Pike Documentary Project has been supported in part by grants from Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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