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Civil War…Still Fighting

This June 25, 2015, the words “Black Lives Matter” spray painted on a monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va. Confederate monuments in a half-dozen places this week have been defaced _ a telling sign of the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America. AP Photo/Steve Helber,

This June 25, 2015, the words “Black Lives Matter” spray painted on a monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va. AP Photo/Steve Helber,

Those who say Virginia—and Richmond—are still fighting the Civil War need only look at current state policy changes and debates over the Confederate flag and monuments to back up their claims.

And now while the home of the Confederacy and former slave-trading hub will soon be home to one of the most watched sporting events in the world, some say that as the country discusses racial diversity and equality, the event’s organizers will be promoting and embracing the ugliest chapter in American history.  Tommie McNeil has this report.

(July 17, 2015)

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Surrogate Ancestors to Remains of Slaves

Well PhotoIt’s been more than 20 years since construction workers at Virginia Commonwealth University unearthed the remains of about fifty people in an old well near the Medical College of Virginia.  Historians believe they were the bones of former slaves, whose bodies were stolen from local cemeteries for dissection by medical students. VCU promptly sent the remains to the Smithsonian for storage, but they may soon be coming back to Richmond as Sandy Hausman reports.

(July 16, 2015)

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More to the Tour: Slave History at Virginia’s Plantations

Slave History 02In addition to museums, battlegrounds and presidential homes, tourists find history at dozens of plantations that are open to the public. Often they learn about the big, elegant homes at the heart of those properties – about the people who lived there, but how do mannerly tour guides introduce the harsh subject of slavery?  That’s what a team from the University of Mary Washington hopes to learn as Sandy Hausman reports. (May 20, 2015)

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Richmond Wrangling Over Future of Historic Slave Site

Lumkin Jail Historical SiteOn a warm spring night, more than 150 people gathered in Shockoe Bottom, a name taken from the Native American word for a site in Richmond.  This part of town, bounded by I-95 and bisected by railroad lines, was central to a city that prospered from the slave trade. Sandy Hausman reports. (May 6,2014)

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Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue

Black Hair Flag Artist Sonya Clark

Black Hair Flag
Artist Sonya Clark

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, an exhibit called “Posing Beauty” is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair. Just outside the museum, demonstrators with real confederate flags are far from wrapping up their protest of the VMFA where a pair of confederate flags were removed from the grounds. The artist and the flaggers share a mission: to remind the public of the importance of their heritage. May-Lily Lee reports. (July 21, 2014)

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To Be Sold

Library of Congress, 1812

Library of Virginia, 1812

The Library of Virginia is preparing for a groundbreaking exhibition on the U.S. domestic slave trade that existed after the newly formed American nation outlawed the transatlantic slave trade. Richmond was a key player in the pipeline to buy and sell human beings, and some historians believe it sent more slaves to the Deep South than were initially transported across the Atlantic Ocean. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the “To Be Sold” exhibition begins with the paintings of an English artist who was horrified by what he saw during a visit to Richmond. (March 31, 2014)

Crowe’s works are also depicted in a book by UVa Art History Professor Maurie

McInnis, who will serve as the exhibition’s curator.

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