History

Arts & Culture
8:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Beard Wars: Civil War Generals and their Bewhiskered Modern-Day Counterparts

General Ambrose Burnside

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.

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Education
8:05 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Conclusion of Civil War and Virginia Union University's 150th Anniversary: Reflections

Flickr user Kevin Coles
Credit Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

An Enslaved Woman And Her Dressmaker Daughter

Lizzie Bolden

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. 

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Conversations with Julian Bond
11:08 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Black Leaders on Leadership

You might not expect Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to have anything in common with Angela Davis, a counterculture activist and radical in the1960s, but a unique program at the University of Virginia finds qualities that many black leaders share.

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Civil War Milestones
9:04 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scottsville Observes 150th Anniversary of Sheridan's Raid

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. 

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