Friday, April 15, 2016

Bijou Leap of Faith Party on April 16, 5-9 p.m. at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Celebrate at the Bijou Leap of Faith Party on April 16, 5-9 p.m. at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

On April 16, 2016, 5-9 p.m., the Bijou Film Center (coming to Richmond soon to Downtown Richmond) will hold a party to celebrate the Westhampton gift and the success of its first fundraising campaign.

This is a free event and all are welcome, but especially Bijou's Founding Members! Members are invited to stop by to pick up your swag, meet other Bijou members, and enjoy great live music, beer and food trucks at Hardywood Brewery, one of Richmond's best music venues. And bring friends — they can become founding members at the party! Lineup includes: Grass Panther, Big Boss Combo, The Green Hearts, DJ Carlito, Emcee Chuck Wrenn, Super 8 cartoons courtesy of Shane Brown, and much more!

To Learn more at the Richmond Bijou Film Center coming to downtown Richmond soon
click HERE

- Ray

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harris Stilson's photographs of Richmond - You can help preserve them!

Another great image of Richmond by Harris H. Stilson.
It shows the Belmont Avenue streetcar which derailed and plowed
into Roland Galvin’s fence. The accident occurred on January 23, 1930.

I keep getting reminded what a great photograph collection that Kitty Snow has of her great grandfather's. I came across the one above and below that can be found on her Facebook page and her site, Richmond Views.  

From Kitty Snow's Facebook page - on the back of this photograph is written "girl scouts marking time before the parade." She writes that the "parade was surely the Elks, which performed every Sunday in Jackson Ward, and the location is Marshall Street..."

We should all support Kitty's work at preserving this great collection of photographs. More about the collection and how you can help - this text is from her site Richmond Views:

Richmond Views was created by Kitty Snow to share history, pictures and stories from Richmond, VA. Its companion site is Richmond In Sight’s RIS is non-profit and is dedicated to preserving and restoring the photography collection of Harris H. Stilson. He was a Richmond streetcar driver and prolific photographer whose pictures from the early 1900s offer a glimpse into the city’s past rarely captured on film. African Americans, Jewish immigrants, laborers, storekeepers…these are Harry Stilson’s subjects. His great-granddaughter, Kitty Snow, is a real estate broker who believes that Richmond deserves to know the Richmond Harry Stilson saw. Her love for our city has inspired thousands of hours of research, indexing, collecting of oral histories and more to identify and explain the Stilson collection and the Richmond he knew.
Kitty has written three books, From A Richmond Streetcar, On the West Clay Line, and Up & Down Church Hill to share stories and scenes he captured in his lens. She is currently completing her fourth book. The books include Stilson photos, journal entries and oral histories of Richmonders who grew up in the neighborhoods Harry roamed, camera in hand.  Her goal by creating Richmond In Sight is to present this material in various venues such as schools and community associations and to introduce Richmonders to a view they may have not encountered before. Richmond personality Tim Timberlake described the photos as “a slice of life that the Dementis may have missed.” He’s right.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Jackson Ward: Then and Now - Images from Souvenir Views: Negro Enterprises & Residences, Richmond, Va, 1907.

The image above is from Souvenir Views: Negro Enterprises & Residences, Richmond, Va, 1907 It is one of the first images in the booklet. It is listed as "Miller's Hotel and Cafe, Corner Second and Leigh Streets, Mr. W. M. Miller, Proprietor." [541 N. Second Street] I thought I would see what I could find out this image in the booklet - here are my steps.

To find out more about it, I  first checked Chronicling America.

From Chronicling America:

 May 18, 1907, Richmond Planet. PDF of the entire page.

That was the only item I found during a brief search of Chronicling America. 

I then checked this VCU Libraries' Digital Collection called "Jackson Ward Historic District" that you can access HERE.
Unfortunately, the building does not appear in that collection.

I then did a Google search and found that Miller's Hotel became the Eggleston Hotel. Turns out that the building had quite a history in Jackson Ward.  I found that it had a historic marker.

Miller’s and Eggleston Hotels Marker, SA-105

"Opened in 1904 and demolished in 2009, the hotel that stood here hosted regional and national black luminaries, celebrities, tourists, and leaders including Booker T. Washington. Built by William “Buck” Miller, Miller’s Hotel was one of a handful in Richmond to offer black customers fine accommodations, a rarity in the segregated South. Its success reflected the entrepreneurial and professional efforts of the residents of Jackson Ward, widely considered “The Birthplace of Black Capitalism.” Under subsequent owner Neverett Eggleston, the renamed Eggleston Hotel was a hotspot beginning in 1943, hosting such entertainers as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Redd Fox."
Image of Eggleston Hotel, corner of Leigh and 2nd Street. 

Then and Later (2000s):
Demolition crews take down the remainder of the former
Hotel Eggleston after it partially collapsed on April 11, 2009.
(Richmond Times-Dispatch photo and caption)

And from Google Maps Street View
accessed on Feb. 15, 2016:

 And now it's gone. 

- Ray

Monday, February 8, 2016

The 'View from the Backstairs' at Maymont - good article from Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 6, 2015.

Photo by P. Kevin Morley, Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

"Maymont really presents the most complete interpretation of the domestic service in the South in this pivotal period, this turbulent period of Jim Crow segregation laws,” said Dale Wheary, curator and director of historical collections for the estate. “I think people will find, if they really absorb what we have there, it’s accurate as well as moving, to consider what individuals who worked in service were facing during a turbulent time.“

Wheary said the refurbished lower floor, which opened in 2005, was the result of more than a decade’s worth of work tracking down descendants of Maymont’s domestic workers, including Woodson, and painstakingly acquiring furnishings lost during the city’s custodianship of the mansion, which lasted until 1975. The Dooleys employed up to 10 maids, butlers and cooks at the 12,000-square-foot, 33-room house, finished in 1893, as well as groundskeepers, stablehands and other workers.

Elizabeth O’Leary, the retired associate curator of American art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, served as a guest curator in establishing the exhibit and did much of the research to compile the stories of the staff. The exhibit underscores the importance of domestic work in supporting black communities during that era, when Jim Crow laws severely curtailed employment opportunities, said O’Leary, who chronicled Maymont’s household workers in her book “From Morning to Night: Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 6, 2015.

Read the rest of article HERE.

Order Elizabeth O'Leary's book From Morning To Night: Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South, published in 2003.

--- Ray

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Benedict Arnold in Richmond - from Church Hill People's News

Benedict Arnold (1741-1801)

A friend just shared this me and I enjoyed reading it so much that I'm sharing it with our Shockoe Examiner readers. This is an excellent essay by Tricia Noel from the Church Hill People's News website about the burning of Richmond in 1781 by Benedict Arnold (the rat!) and his British and German troops.  Read it HERE.

- Ray.