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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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What do we want in the next mayor? - Asks Richmond Times-Distpach Columnist Michael Paul Williams.

We have had two terrible mayors since we switched back to the popularly-elected mayor system in 2005. The bungled mayor-ships of Doug Wilder and Dwight the last 10 years make many wonder where are the real and competent political leaders of Richmond.

Mayor Henry Marsh (1977-1982) and Mayor (now Virginia Senator) Tim Kaine (1998-2001) were the last two Richmond mayors who provided leadership and actually listened to the city's citizens.

"If our current problems in City Hall are caused more by individual foibles than systemic failure, couldn’t the same have been said about Richmond before we switched governments?

If it’s true we get the leadership we deserve, it’s incumbent upon voters this time around to select a responsive mayor who can make real the promise of this system." 
                            - Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 1, 2016.

Read the Entire Column HERE.

Mayor's Office Acting Like Soviet Union

Read THIS.

Richmond Mayor Dwight "Hate the People" Jones must go.

- 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.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Strangers! Winsor McCay cartoon in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1915.

Cartoon by Winsor McCay (c. 1867–1871 - 1934) in

the Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 21, 1915.

See the complete newspaper Here.