This museum is better than what you might expect from an institution generally acting as a local booster in the past. There is a great deal of coverage of the many years of Virginia history with some interesting artifacts from the various eras, including many from the early part of the twentieth century, such as old cars and trolleys, which may bring back childhood memories for some. The slave era and the Civil War are not ignored though a more vivid description could be given of the suffering caused black people by the slave system. The descriptions that accompany the exhibits on slavery use mild language indeed when you consider that the system completely deprived its victims of their freedom and family life. The Civil War exhibits are interesting though they do suffer from the old Southern proclivity to imply that that the Lost Cause lost the war because there were twice as many Union soldiers on their side compared to what the Confederacy had available as well as that Grant was so willing to sacrifice lives. There is no mention of that fact that some Union generals, such as Phil Sheridan, were simply better than their Confederate opponents. The museum does acknowledge that a great many former slaves served in the Union forces while just a handful served for the Confederacy, which is a refreshing statement rarely made in non-federal government exhibits in the South.
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