White House of the Confederacy Tours & Special Exhibit on the Lost Cause
Location: White House of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street
Description: The house was home to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and his family from August, 1861, until the evacuation of Richmond on April 2, 1865. It served as the political and social epicenter of wartime Richmond.
With the end of the war, the house was headquarters for the U.S. army of occupation and became headquarters for Military District No. 1 during Reconstruction. In 1870, the U.S. Government gave the house back to the City of Richmond, which used the building for its Central School until 1894. The Confederate Memorial Literary Society took possession of the property and established the Confederate Museum in the building, which opened its doors to the public in February, 1896.
In 1976 a new museum building was opened and restoration was begun to bring the appearance of the house back to the period of the Civil War. The restored house was opened to the public in June, 1988. On September 30, 2018, the museum building closed, to give collections staff time to pack up the collection for its move to the Museum’s new facility at Historic Tredegar. The White House remains open daily for tours.
The White House currently holds a large number of furnishings and artifacts that were in the house with the Davis family. All of the remaining items are original to the period, except for the textiles which are reproductions based on original fabrics or period patterns.
Roundtable Event: Afro-Diasporicities: Memory, Resistance, and Healing in the 21st Century
Location: Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Description: How does the body remember? In what ways is embodied knowledge stored and passed down from one generation to another? How can the arts be used as a vehicle for steering society towards greater justice? Songs, music, and dances have fortified communities of color with ancestral knowledge, embodied resistance, and healing practices. In this hybrid roundtable, partially discussion and partially music and dance interventions, we turn to the term “afro-diasporicities” to bring into sharper focus how the lived experience of black diasporic beings and their movement, music, culture, and spiritual practices, which are rooted in a place yet historically uprooted and/or rerouted, exist, intersect, and evolve.
Invited guest speakers and practitioners:
Kevin LaMarr Jones, Claves Unidos
Alex LaSalle, with Julia Gutiérrez and Mateo González, Redobles de Cultura
MK Abadoo, Department of Dance and Choreography, Virginia Commonwealth University
Free Egunfemi Bangura, Untold RVA
Lauranette Lee, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
Alicia Díaz and Patricia Herrera, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Richmond
Event is free and open to the public.
Let’s Talk: Lost Cause
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 6-7:30 PM
Description: The Lost Cause shaped how generations of people have both remembered history and understood their present lives, but its vision of the past isn’t accurate. Join a small group conversation that explores the new exhibit, House of the Lost Cause, and uncovers how the Lost Cause has impacted you and the lives of others. Featuring Caroline Janney, Ph.D. (University of Virginia). Space is limited, registration strongly encouraged.
Contested Ground: Memory, Monuments & Power
Location: Brown-Alley Room
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 12-1:15 PM
Description: This moderated discussion will include a roundtable on research by Jannette Amaral-Rodriguez (LALIS), Elizabeth Baughan (Classical Studies), Erin Holloway Palmer (Independent Editor), and Will Wasta Werner (Classical Studies and History).
Moderated by: Rob Nelson (Digital Scholarship Lab)
Pizza and drinks provided.
Burial Ground Research Discussion
Location: Whitehurst Living Room
Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 9 AM
Description: The Burial Ground Memorialization Committee invites faculty, staff, and students to hear about and discuss the recently released research by Dr. Lauranett Lee and Shelby Driskill into the history of the land that is now the University’s campus, including the findings about the enslaved burial ground on the land. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and the conversation will help inform the work of the burial ground memorialization committee that Dr. Crutcher has charged to work this semester. An opportunity to visit the burial ground site will follow the discussion.