Like other forms of fashion, styles of facial hair come and go. Today, beards are back -- and a history museum in Richmond is celebrating by pairing modern-day men with Civil War generals who look something like them in an exhibition called “Beard Wars.”
The Show at Richmond’s Valentine History Center features photos of union and confederate generals, side by side with members of the RVA Beard League - a philanthropic group that celebrates whiskers.
Lumpkin’s jail in Richmond was once the largest slave-trading facility outside of New Orleans. Known as the ‘Devil’s Half-Acre,’ it was sold to a Baptist minister in 1867 in hopes of establishing an all-black seminary…and would soon be referred to ‘God’s Half-Acre.’ That seminary laid the foundation for a school that thrives today - and, along with the conclusion of the Civil War, has just celebrated its 150th anniversary.
When it comes to Civil War history, many people hear about places like Gettysburg and Manassas, but much of the suffering during that war occurred in small towns like Scottsville which - this weekend - will mark the anniversary of a Union invasion and celebrate the fact that the Yankees are NOT coming back.
When Evelyn Edson, president of Scottsville’s Museum Board, announced plans to observe the 150th anniversary of General Philip Sheridan’s ride through town, some residents were appalled. They figured the coming of the Yankees was nothing to celebrate.