Community & News

Community & News


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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

RVA50 Object 20 “Charles Dickens In Richmond, 1842"

“Charles Dickens In Richmond,” 1842
Harper’s Weekly, October 8, 1864
Wood engraving
V.45.28.60, .61

My Internship Experience by Carly Winfield

Carly Winfield, a senior at the University of Mary Washington, interned during the fall semester at the History Center and focused on planning the 2014 Community Conversations series.

RVA50 Object 19 "Bench, circa 1910"

Bench, circa 1910
Tredegar Iron Works

Typhoid Fever!

As part of the Valentine Richmond History Center’s continuing initiative to digitize its photograph collection, a group of 50 lantern slides is now available through the museum’s online database. The slides, donated by the Richmond Health Department in 1981, appear to be associated with the effort to eradicate typhoid fever in the city in 1907. Typhoid fever, a disease spread from human to human through poor hygiene habits and public sanitation conditions, was very much on the minds of the nation during the early 20th century. Indeed, the notorious “Typhoid Mary” came to national attention in 1907, as the carrier of the disease in New York.