Colin Stephenson of Ohio State University received the award for research on the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.
The award, named in honor of the 93-year-old activist, grants $500 to researchers in the field of LGBT studies, civil rights, or the first amendment. GayRVA.com interviewed Kinman earlier this year.
Since the VHS began awarding grants in 1988, a total of 791 awards have been given.
“For over twenty years, researchers have taken advantage of the Virginia Historical Society’s strong and varied collections to explore areas of Virginia history as well as topics that illuminate the history of America as a whole,” said Frances Pollard, VHS Chief Librarian and Chair of the Research Fellowship Committee. “The research conducted by fellowship winners has resulted in a great number of academic and popular publications. This year’s group of talented fellows will help us fulfill our mission of interpreting Virginia and American history.”
“He was the lead organizer during the March on Washington, and yet you rarely hear his name mentioned. It is in part because he was a gay man in a time when that was difficult to talk about in society.”