The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond controls the historic Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home.
The property dates from the 1883 sale of a house and 36 acres to R.E. Lee Camp No. 1, Confederate Veterans, for a Confederate soldiers' camp, or home.
Donors to the home included Union veterans from Lynn, Mass., who gave the chapel organ. The chapel, which features stained-glass windows and hand-hewn pews, was dedicated to Confederate war dead in 1887.
The "Robinson House" and the chapel are all that remain of the camp, which operated from 1885 to 1941. After the last veterans died the property was deeded to the commonwealth.
By Executive Order 35 in 1991, the VMFA acts as the governor's agent in leasing the chapel to the SCV.
At its March 31, 2010, meeting the VMFA Board of Trustees' Executive Committee unanimously passed two motions concerning the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home in Richmond: First, the museum would not renew the existing lease as written. Second, the museum "is opposed to flying the Confederate Battle Flag or any of its derivatives on the Museum property."
The new lease called for the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Chapel. The flags were removed in June 1, 2010. In the fall of 2011, concerned citizens began protesting the desecration of the Chapel and the dishonoring of Confederate Veterans, by gathering on the sidewalk in front of the VMFA, carrying Confederate flags.
Coming together to stand against the VMFA, the Virginia Flaggers were born...
Although frigid temperatures arrived in the Capital of the Confederacy, we maintained our vigil, with over 2 dozen Flaggers who joined us over the month, logging over 190 hours on the sidewalk in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts...
1-1-15 New Year's Day Flagging! Beautiful day and great conversations on the Boulevard. Lots of residents and tourists out and about and a fabulous day for Flagging the VMFA!
1/3/2015- Chilly temps, light traffic. Flaggers
1-8-2015 FRIGID temps, 29 degrees. Foot traffic
very light, but Confederate flags present and visible for auto traffic and
museum officials and visitors. GOD BLESS THE FLAGGERS!
1-10-2015 The cavalry arrived (Army of Northern
Va, Mechanized, that is)!Â Chilly but sunny on the Boulevard in Richmond and
the flags of our ancestors flew proudly. 1/2 dozen Flaggers are forwarded the
colors to protest the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the
portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel and changing hearts and minds in the
Capital of the Confederacy.
VMFA Virginia Museum
of Fine Arts and forwarded the colors on a sunny, but chilly afternoon...
Standing for Confederate Veterans, and changing hearts and minds!
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Ready to stand with us? Join us... we will be Flagging WEDNESDAY 2-6, and SATURDAY 1-5 THIS WEEK.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
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