Virginia’s Pamunkey Tribe was dealt a setback in its effort to gain federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Everyone knows Pocahontas, but do you know what tribe she hails from? Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians claim her as an ancestor. While Pocahontas and the Pamunkey have roots that predate the nation’s founding, the tribe isn’t recognized by the federal government because their records were destroyed early last century because a Virginia policy declared only two races: white and black.
The Virginia Historical Society is preparing to take people back in time through their taste buds with an unusual spring fundraiser.
Once upon a time, colonial women depended on a book called the Complete Houswife - a compendium of advice on how to clean your house, prepare food and make cider. That, says Virginia Historical Society CEO Paul Levengood, was critical to keeping families alive.
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.
Because much of our history comes from written documents and valuable possessions made from durable materials, much of what we know about the past involves wealthy, literate people. Less is known about the poor and illiterate, but one historian has found stories of an African-American family written in fabric.