Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is UNFAIR TO CONFEDERATE HERITAGE

21 Friday Mar 2014

The leadership at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has shown contempt and total arrogance in their unwillingness to allow the Confederate battle flag to be placed on the front of the Confederate Chapel located on the grounds where for 56 years approximately 3,000 Confederate soldiers, ate, slept, sang, lived and died on the grounds of the Old Confederate Soldiers home where today the stiff necks operate the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Now mind you, this is a very fine Museum, with many great and exciting programs and exhibits and a fine atribute to the City of Richmond, Virginia which I am a native of myself. The problem is not the exibits, or programs that the museum has, the problem is that someone in the Museums leadership is unwilling to allow a simple, but very important flag to fly at this Confederate Chapel, stuck around back of the museum, but it is a will remain to be a sacred place for many thousands of Virginians and other Southern ancestors of these men who lived out their final days at the Old Soldiers home, worshiped in the chapel, and more than 1700 funerals were conducted in this sacred place.

It seems that, the state of Virginia in a round about agreement gained the deed for the Old Confederate Soldiers Home property in 1941 or shortly after the last soldier died, and loaned it to several entities, the latest apparently the VMFA.

I have seen many photographs of the Old Soldiers, the house, mess hall, chapel, the tall flagpole that flew the Confederate Battle flag, dances, picknics and visitors  on the grounds before the VMFA TOOK OVER. I cannot tell you what specific year the confederate battle flag flew on the chapel, nor do I care when it first flew there, it is the UNDISPUTED CONFEDERATE CHAPEL, IT IS A CONFEDERATE

HISTORICAL SITE, A MEMORIAL, A SACRED PLACE, SO WHY IN HELL DO WE NEED SOME CARPET BAGGERS, LOOKING THRU THEIR MARTINI GLASS, MAKING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS DECISIONS TO STOP ALLOWING THE FLAG TO BE FLOWN BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PROOF IT WAS FLOWN BEFORE THE 1900’s, BIG DEAL, (nothing correct about this at all).

It is beside the point which year the flag was first observed, and who knows what the color of the actual first coat of paint was, is it still being painted with circa 1880’s paint, get a life, better yet, get some common sense, and get some idea what we Southerners feel, but you cannot buy what we have, you have it or you don’t, it is not available but to only a few.

Ladies and gentlemen of the VMFA, I too am a citizen, not a moron, and their are many more citizens like myself who are very angry, with all the serious issues of our day, you want to fight over our sacred but simple flag, in the back side of the museum property, on the Confederate Chapel, why, why do you do this, and I personally think it is a stubborn man behind this, a very biased individual who dislikes the Southern history, dislikes our heritage, and like so many ignorant shallow people, equate this flag to the KKK, or the Nazi’s, or some other goofy group. I and my family, friends, and associates are none of these things, we are good, law abiding citizens who love our ancestors, and love our monuments and places of historical relevance and will not stand for them to be desecrated or maligned by others. I will be one of those men and women who will carry a Confederate Battle flag on the sidewalks around the VMFA, until the light is turned on to a reasonable person who will change this stupid  decision. So, 20 plus flags around the building, or the 1, that should be on the Chapel. This should be a simple thing to resolve, if I was a member of the Board, and the leadership at the VMFA could not resolve this
simple issue within 5 minutes, I would begin terminating people beginning with Mr. Alex Nyerges and Mr. Stephen Bonadies, and then see if the folks left could resolve this. I am inclined that they could and would.

Citizens of Richmond, and of Virginia and elsewhere, I would urge you to assist in this issue by not attending VMFA Functions, and by e mailing and telephoning the museum, Mr. Nyerges and Mr. Bonadies can be reached at 804-340-1500 and follow the prompt, also the Board of Trustees number is 804-340-1595.

In addition, please go online to http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Contact/ and search for various key people and let them know how you feel, together we can correct this wrong.

Carlton J. Dunford