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Elizabeth Keckly. From Dinwiddie to the White House

Elizabeth Keckly From Dinwiddie to the White House Elizabeth Keckly Petersburg Preservation Elizabeth Keckly was born into slavery as Elizabeth Hobbs in 1818 in Dinwiddie County to Agnes (“Aggy”) Hobbs, who had taken the last name of her enslaved husband, George Hobbs. Aggy was a slave in the household of Armistead and Mary Burwell, and […]

Elizabeth Keckly. From Dinwiddie to the White House

August 3, 2018 Elizabeth Keckly   From Dinwiddie to the White House Elizabeth Keckly was born into slavery as Elizabeth Hobbs in 1818 in Dinwiddie County to Agnes (“Aggy”) Hobbs, who had taken the last name of her enslaved husband, George Hobbs.  Aggy was a slave in the household of Armistead and Mary Burwell, and […]

Saint Andrew, the Alabama Tiffany Window

Saint Andrew, the Alabama window is positioned near the western entrance of Blandford Church. He is depicted with a small X-shaped cross leaning in his right hand. In Greece, he was arrested and sentenced to be executed because he had converted so many people to Christianity. Andrew requested not to be crucified in the same […]

Saint Andrew, the Alabama Tiffany Window

July 24, 2018 Saint Andrew, the Alabama window Saint Andrew, the Alabama window is positioned near the western entrance of Blandford Church. He is depicted with a small  X-shaped cross leaning in his right hand.  In Greece, he  was arrested and sentenced to be executed because he had converted so many people to Christianity. Andrew […]

Saint Peter, the Missouri Tiffany Window

Tiffany windows in the memorial chapel include the Missouri window portraying Saint Peter, who was known also as Cephas meaning “rock.” He is depicted holding two large keys in his right hand, representing the keys to the kingdom of heaven. He also wears a jeweled collar made of cut pieces of faceted glass that are […]

Saint Mark, the South Carolina Tiffany Window

Believed to be the fifth Louis Comfort Tiffany Studio’s stained-glass work of art placed in Blandford Church, is the South Carolina window featuring Saint Mark. Depicted as a bearded young man dressed in a tunic designed in drapery glass with variations of pink, he is the only saint portrayed in the chapel with his head […]

Saint Paul, the Louisiana Window

One of the first Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios’ stained-glass works of art installed in the memorial chapel is the Louisiana window portraying Saint Paul, also known as Saul of Tarsus, who was a Jewish lawyer and convert to Christianity. He is depicted holding a sword, symbol of the martyrdom he suffered under Nero. The seal […]

Saint Mark, the South Carolina Tiffany Window

June 25, 2018 Saint Mark, the South Carolina Window Believed to be the fifth Louis Comfort Tiffany Studio’s stained-glass work of art placed in Blandford Church, is the South Carolina window featuring Saint Mark. Depicted as a bearded young man dressed in a tunic designed in drapery glass with variations of pink, he is the […]

Edgar Allan Poe

Poe and Petersburg A little history of the Hiram Haines House. 12 West Bank Street started as an Inn and Restaurant in 1814, and by 1829 was operated by Hiram Haines as a coffee house. Its real claim to fame lies in the fact that in 1836 Edgar Allan Poe, a friend of Haines, spent […]

William Mahone

William “Billy” Mahone At the forefront of education for young African Americans Mahone was a civil engineer, railroad executive, soldier and politician Mahone’s background Born in Southampton County, Mahone attended the Virginia Military Institute. As a young man, he was prominent in the building of Virginia’s roads and railroads. As chief engineer of the Norfolk […]

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