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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.  

RVA50 Object 24 “Aunt Betsy, 1857"

“Aunt Betsy,” 1857
Oil on board
Francis Blackwell Mayer (1827-1899)

RVA50 Object 23 "Martha Crane Heath and Jennie Wilson Heath, circa 1850"

Martha Crane Heath and Jennie Wilson Heath, circa 1850
Unidentified Artist
Oil on Canvas

Carytown, Then and Now

When you hear Carytown, what comes to mind?

RVA50 Object 22 “Ordinances of the Corporation of the City of Richmond"

“Ordinances of the Corporation of the City of Richmond"
John Warrock, printer
Richmond, Virginia
Paper, leather

RVA50 Object 21 "Plate, 1938"

Plate, 1938
Wedgwood, Etruria, England