Draped in maroon and silver, they gathered at 9 a.m. on a seemingly innocuous piece of land. The small plot, tucked away behind Main Street Station, is a quiet reminder of Richmond’s grim legacy in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
When looking at old photos from the Civil War, how do historians tell the difference between Union and Confederate soldiers? Sure, usually the uniform is a dead giveaway, but another tell-tale sign is what kind of facial hair they sported.
The Civil War is over. The Confederacy lost and we’re better for it. I really shouldn’t have to say that in the year 2014, well over 150 years since the end of the Civil War. Though the guns may have fallen silent in the South, the arguments about the war and its legacy certainly have not.
At least two days a week The Virginia Flaggers can be seen in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parading Confederate flags while they are ignored by passerbys. The Virginia Flaggers have been attempting to preserve Confederate history by “flagging” locations which they believe have “attacked (their) flags, heritage, and ancestors.” The most frequently protested place by this group is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts because it took down Confederate flags from the Confederate memorial chapel that is on its property.