Melvin Ely Wins Literary Award from Library of Virginia for Israel on the Appomattox| October 15, 2005
Melvin Patrick Ely's Israel on the Appomattox received the Literary Award for nonfiction from the Library of Virginia. That award honors the best book of the year written on a Virginia topic or by a Virginia author. Professor Ely's study documents and analyzes the free black community of Israel Hill in Prince Edward County, Virginia, from the 1790s through the Civil War. Professor Ely is a native of Richmond, Virginia.