Now What?

The flags won't be returned.
The flags won’t be returned.

Word comes from a Richmond newspaper that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has decided to alter its arrangement with a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans concerning the management of the Confederate War Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the VMFA.  The SCV chapter will no longer lease the chapel: instead, it agreed to a “use agreement,” terms of which were not specified in the newspaper report.

I guess that answers this question.

The VMFA will take over interpretation of the chapel, and operate it during VMFA hours (securing increased availability for visitors).

No word yet on whether the once-vocal chief of heritage operations, Ben Jones, will respond to this news. We have pondered his silence concerning the VMFA and the chapel before. Maybe he doesn’t think it’s very important.

Otherwise, one suspects, all will remain as before. Clearly efforts to return the flags to the exterior of the chapel have encountered another roadblock. Indeed, if hearts and minds have been changed, it seems that the hearts and minds of people at the VMFA have become even more determined to pursue the course marked out in 2010.



15 thoughts on “Now What?

  1. Jimmy Dick May 1, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    I read the comments section of the paper. I see the usual lunacy and there is Brooks Simpson telling them to put their money where their mouth is. It won’t happen. If these outraged citizens were so concerned they would have supported the flaggers. They didn’t.

    Result: Another flagger failure. Another SCV failure. Another victory for factual based history.

  2. Connie Chastain May 2, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Now what? Entities like the VMFA will continue their war on Confederate heritage in order to promote the post-civil rights, politically correct view of the civil war (slavery, slavery, slavery) and the Confederacy (evil, evil. evil).

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 2, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      And you’ll respond as expected. And the Flaggers will erect new flags and fail to take the VMFA to court. Happy now? It’s worked so well for you so far.

    • Jimmy Dick May 2, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      Well, since slavery was what caused the Civil War I think saying that it did so is the correct thing to say. It is not politically correct, just historically correct. I understand you have a problem with using facts, but one day with some psychiatric help you might learn how to do so and enjoy a better life.

    • M. E. Martin May 2, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Connie Chastain from Florida: you sure don’t know much about VMFA or the soldiers’ home. As the outdoor history signs there (since 2010) already indicate, museum interpretation describes an old folks home for poor and disabled confederate veterans, 1885-1941. No war, no rehashing its causes, no demonizing the confederacy. Hate and fearmongering is the m.o. of you and the flaggers who spead similar lies and false predictions to whip up the gullible on social media. To me, that’s evil.

      • Brooks D. Simpson May 2, 2015 / 7:29 pm

        Connie’s ignorance is no barrier to her holding forth on whatever gets her angry. She’s angry a lot.

  3. Pat Young May 2, 2015 / 6:20 am

    Sounds like a good resolution for all concerned. The people of Richmond get historically accurate interpretation of an early example of public welfare for the needy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans get an extra dollar to spend every year.

    Hope the interpretation includes the impossibility of private funding supporting the disabled and of the importance of government in providing for the vulnerable. The chapel is not a Civil War site, it is an important site in the commemoration of the development of the public welfare system in the United States.

  4. Leo May 2, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I’m starting to think all these heritage groups are engaged in the same HK Edgerton enspired con-game. It’s just too easy to play on the emotions of the historically ignorant and socially insecure.

  5. Michael Rodgers May 4, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    The crucial part of the story is “Museum officials reiterated Thursday that the Confederate flag was not historically flown on the chapel’s columns. The SCV began the custom to indicate when the museum was open.”

    So, the SCV was “honoring Confederate soldiers” by using their sacred flag as an “Open” sign. How am I going to know if the place is open now unless they put up an “Open” sign? Oh.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 4, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      The argument offered by the heritage crowd about the display of the flag on the chapel has always been weak. They’ve never produced an illustration of the chapel pre-1993 that confirms flags hanging from the portico.

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