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Thirty-One Star United States Flag Enter Fullscreen More information
Thirty-One Star United States Flag
Thirty-One Star United States Flag, about 1858, 1992.189 One of the first U.S. flags to fly over Richmond in April 1865.
Notice issued by the black community in Richmond in 1866 Enter Fullscreen More information
Notice issued by the black community in Richmond in 1866
Notice issued by the black community in Richmond in 1866, Broadsides 1866:13
A Ratification Meeting Enter Fullscreen More information
A Ratification Meeting
A Ratification Meeting, Republicans and Readjusters, Nottoway Courthouse, Mss1 AL546 a 49-64 This broadside announced a meeting of two parties—Republicans and Readjusters—to ratify the new state constitution of 1870, which prohibited slavery and established free public schools.
Carpetbag Enter Fullscreen More information
Carpetbag
Carpetbag, about 1866, 1967.9 Left by a northern visitor in the home of Col. John Pollard of King and Queen County.
A horse-drawn hearse from the African American–owned A. D. Price Funeral Home Enter Fullscreen More information
A horse-drawn hearse from the African American–owned A. D. Price Funeral Home
A horse-drawn hearse from the African American–owned A. D. Price Funeral Home, Richmond, late 19th century, 2005.549 Thoroughly segregated, African Americans were compelled to establish parallel economies in order to find jobs and such basic services as grocery stores, banks, hotels, and even burial.
Charles Hoffbauer’s Memorial Military Murals Enter Fullscreen More information
Charles Hoffbauer’s Memorial Military Murals
Charles Hoffbauer’s Memorial Military Murals at the Virginia Historical Society, 1913-1920
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge Enter Fullscreen More information
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1985.90.3
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1958.3 Enter Fullscreen More information
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1958.3
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1958.3
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1966.19 Enter Fullscreen More information
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1966.19
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1966.19
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1989.32.41 Enter Fullscreen More information
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1989.32.41
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1989.32.41
Thirty-One Star United States Flag
Thirty-One Star United States Flag
Notice issued by the black community in Richmond in 1866
Notice issued by the black community in Ri
A Ratification Meeting
A Ratification Meeting
Carpetbag
Carpetbag
A horse-drawn hearse from the African American–owned A. D. Price Funeral Home
A horse-drawn hearse from the African Amer
Charles Hoffbauer’s Memorial Military Murals
Charles Hoffbauer’s Memorial Military Mura
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1958.3
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge,
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1966.19
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge,
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge, 1906–1932, 1989.32.41
United Confederate Veteran reunion badge,