Confederate flag among Va.’s most endangered artifacts
Written by Associated Press  
Friday, 14 September 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Mariners’ Museum’s Confederate naval flag of the CSS Alabama and the Library of Virginia’s copy of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom are among the state’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

An independent panel of collections and conservation experts selected the artifacts as part of a program sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums. It was designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts.

Also on the list are a locomotive from the early 1900s from the Alleghany Historical Society and a late-1800s ledger highlighting the African-American community housed at the Portsmouth Community Library and Black History Museum.

More than 120,000 votes were cast for the “People’s Choice Awards,” which included a colonial waistcoat worn by former Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood from the Wilton House Museum.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press.

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