On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the Valentine Richmond History Center presents its third annual Lesbian and Gay History Bus Tour. Leading up to the event, GayRVA.com will feature vintage photos from Beth Marshack’s “Lesbian & Gay Richmond” mirrored with images of the city today.
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Sign-up for the bus tour before August 5 and you could be entered to win your ride for free. For more information on the bus tour, click here.
Then: Capitol Hotel
The Capitol Hotel, once located on N. 8th Street, was both the home of Marroni’s Restaurant and Renee’s restaurant. Located in the basement of the hotel, Marroni’s was established in 1947 and was a popular gay hangout for the locals. The restaurant closed in 1962. A year later, Renee’s took over the location and thrived like its predecessor with patronage from the gay community. The restaurant was most successful following the years after’s the closing of Eton’s, located on W. Grace St. However, Renee’s ABC license was revoked when ABC agents tesified to the board that they had witnessed “men wearing makeup, embracing and kissing in the cafe.”
Now: United States Courthouse
When Capitol Hotel was razed in 1991, the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia Courthouse was built. The court hears and tries federal, civil, and criminal cases. The other district courts of Virginia are located in Alexandria, Newport News and Norfolk.
The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is hosting the “Truthful History Heals” exhibit, an artistic re-imagining of Monument Avenue and other historical markers into more accurate representations of history. “Truthful History Heals” was curated by Beth Marschak, a life-long LGBTQ activist and Chair of the Board at Diversity Richmond. ”It started out because I was [...]