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RVA50 Object 33 "Hand Fan, 1985"

Hand Fan, 1985
Maggie Lena Walker National Historic Site
Paper, wood

RVA50 Object 32 “Address To The People Of Richmond, 1889"

“Address To The People Of Richmond,” 1889

RVA50 Object 31 “Old Chief Smokum Figure, circa 1885"

“Old Chief Smokum” Figure, circa 1885
Terra cotta, plaster cast

RVA50 Object 30 “Views of Richmond & Vicinity, circa 1870s"

“Views of Richmond & Vicinity,” circa 1870s
Anderson Gallery, photographer
George S. Cook, publisher
Richmond, Virginia

RVA50 Object 29 “The Richmond Calamity, 1870"

“The Richmond Calamity,”1870
From a sketch by W.L. Sheppard
Harper’s Weekly, May 14, 1870
Wood engraving

Dr. Pamela Royal Shoe Collection - Part 2

This is part two of a feature on Pamela Royal’s recent donation of more than 20 pairs of women’s couture shoes to the Valentine Richmond History Center. Dr. Pamela Royal is a Richmond dermatologist, former History Center board chair and a local philanthropist.

RVA50 Object 28 "Mourning Dress, 1863"

Mourning Dress, 1863
Worn by Mrs. Benjamin Rose
Silk, cambric

RVA50 Object 27 "Abraham Lincoln Bust, 1943"

Abraham Lincoln Bust, 1943
Jo Davidson
Plaster cast by Alva Studios, NY

RVA50 Object 26 "Sword, circa 1861"

Sword, circa 1861
Steel, brass, iron

RVA50 Object 25 "Flogger, circa 1855"

Flogger, circa 1855
Richmond, Virginia
Wood, leather, iron

What is this?  Found in an antebellum Richmond commercial building, this flogger is a reminder of one of the harsher chapters in the city’s history.

As a shipping port and an expanding railroad city, Richmond was an active participant in the slave trade.  The movement of enslaved Africans being sold or hired out created opportunities for escape as well as fear in the Americans began to question the legal and moral ramifications of slavery in the United States.