Monday, January 31, 2011

Shockoe Valley slums, 1913.


The mystery image from last week's post shows the slums in Shockoe Valley. And yes, that is the White House of the Confederacy at the top. This image is from Report on Housing and Living Conditions in the Neglected Sections of Richmond, Virginia, prepared by Gustavus A. Weber, secretary Society for the Betterment of Housing and Living conditions in Richmond. Published in 1913 by Whittet & Shepperson in Richmond. It is available in several Richmond area libraries and on Google Books. This area was called Butcher Town. More about Butcher Town in a future post.

This is how Gregg Kimball described this and other similar areas of the city:










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