VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) -- Exhibit: Partners in History:
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Description of Pictures: Partners in History
From July 1, 2021 - January 3, 2022
In 2019, the VMHC and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) began a long-term partnership to share collections and resources to connect more people to the story of Virginia. The Partners in History exhibition explores how two historical organizations can collaborate to offer a more complete understanding of our past as a source of inspiration for the future.
Among the exhibition's featured artifacts are such iconic items from the BHMVA collections as a desk used by celebrated civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill during his 22-year career with the Richmond firm of Hill, Tucker & Marsh, developing arguments that dismantled segregation and secured greater justice for all, as well as glimpses of life as captured in the vast photographic archives of the BHMVA, including majorettes from Armstrong High School (1967) and a Maggie L. Walker High School football game (1964) that bring to life the Armstrong-Walker Football Classic.
About the VMHC-BHMVA Partnership
Through this partnership, various collections from the BHMVA are being housed within the VMHC’s purpose-made secure collections storage and digitized to make them more accessible to the public. Staff from both museums are collaborating to select collections for cataloging and digitization, which will make many of these items and their remarkable stories widely discoverable for the first time. The important work of documenting and preserving these collections is a multi-year endeavor but also a labor of love for partners who share a common goal of making the rich tapestry of Virginia’s history accessible to all. There is much to look forward to!
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Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
VHSPAR_210905_006.JPG: Partners in History
VHSPAR_210905_012.JPG: Carroll W. Anderson, Sr.
VHSPAR_210905_016.JPG: "I would like to see more historical sites in favor of Black people, such as a museum, a shrine or a place of national history."
-- Carroll W. Anderson, founder of the BHMVA
VHSPAR_210905_020.JPG: Go See It
Leigh Street Armory
VHSPAR_210905_026.JPG: Mutual aid societies
VHSPAR_210905_033.JPG: Creating Order
VHSPAR_210905_043.JPG: Order of Tents
VHSPAR_210905_068.JPG: Five Legendary Leaders: The Jackson Ward Legacy
VHSPAR_210905_077.JPG: Engaging the Community
VHSPAR_210905_080.JPG: Go See It
Maggie L. Walker High School
VHSPAR_210905_084.JPG: Dragons and Wildcats
VHSPAR_210905_097.JPG: This modest desk was used to fight oppression and injustice.
VHSPAR_210905_103.JPG: Spottswood W. Robinson
VHSPAR_210905_109.JPG: Portrait of Oliver W. Hill, 1997
VHSPAR_210905_113.JPG: Spottswood W. Robinson (left) and Oliver W. Hill entering the Federal Court in Alexandria during the Arlington school desegregation case, 1958
VHSPAR_210905_119.JPG: "With those people who have the determination to go forward, who want these things and who will not wait until they are given these things, I plan to go hand in hand with them in making this rendezvous with destiny."
-- Spottswood William Robinson, III
VHSPAR_210905_133.JPG: Collections and Connections
VHSPAR_210905_140.JPG: Wilnet Freeman Chalmers
VHSPAR_210905_152.JPG: Colgate's Rapid Shave Power, early 1900s
STAR safety razor, 1920s-1940s
VHSPAR_210905_161.JPG: Madame Chalmers
VHSPAR_210905_204.JPG: Pictures Worth a Thousand Words
VHSPAR_210905_207.JPG: Looking Forward
VHSPAR_210905_215.JPG: Dr. Zenobia Gilpin's microscope, 1938
VHSPAR_210905_220.JPG: Adele Johnson: One in a Million
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