From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Sun, Feb 15, 2015
Subject: Va Flaggers: VMFA Update, January 2015

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…

As we rang in 2015, the Virginia Flaggers began our 168th week of flagging the VMFA.  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 standing tall!

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)!  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.

1-13-2015 Overcast and 38 degrees in the Capital of the Confederacy. A half dozen Flaggers made their way to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) to protest the forced removal of Confederate Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, including a guest Flagger all the way from ALABAMA! Mid-South Flagger Shannon F flew in for a FLAGcation, spent a few days visiting Confederate sites around Richmond, and spent the afternoon standing with us, for his Confederate ancestors, and against museum officials who have dishonored their memory and desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  God bless the boys from Alabama! "Audemus jura nostra defendere!"

1-17-2015 While many of us were in Lexington for the Lee-Jackson weekend, these devoted Flaggers MADE SURE there was a presence at the 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!

1-21-2015 Cold, cloudy, and mixed precipitation in the Capital of the Confederacy, yet Flaggers gathered on the Boulevard and forwarded the colors to protest the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

1-24-2015 Light rain and 41 chilly degrees meant little foot traffic, but steadfast Flaggers made their stand at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

1-29-2015 Thursday evening flagging. 44 degrees and overcast. Almost a DOZEN Flaggers and clear weather meant plenty of Flaggers to cover the line AND an opportunity to change hearts and minds in the Capital of the Confederacy. — at VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

1-31-2015 Sunny, but chilly day on the Boulevard. Convos were few, but flags were plentiful. Thank you, Flaggers!

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!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 17th:  Charlottesville City Council to vote on proposal to do away with the Lee-Jackson Holiday.  7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 18th:  Flagging the VMFA 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 19th:   – Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Garland-Rodes Camp #409, Lynchburg,, VA. Meeting 7:00 at the historic Fort Early building, at the corner of Memorial and Fort Avenues.

Saturday, February February 21st:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 1:00 – 5:0 pm

Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th:  Fork Inn/Sutherland’s Tavern Heritage Days.  We will have a booth at the event, and will be partnering with the Army of Northern Va Mechanized Calvary to raise a roadside flag that weekend.

Saturday, April 4th:  Last Capitol of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Ball – Danville, VA

Saturday, May 9th:  Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony – Save the date!  More details to follow!

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