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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Tobacco magnate Lewis Ginter had a documented relationship with John Pope throughout his life. He left this house -located on West Franklin Street- to his niece, Grace Arents when he passed in 1897. Ginter also left a large fortune to Arents which she used to benefit the poor and work for social justice in the city. She gave various donations to beneficiaries including the Grace Arents’ Free Public Library, Arents Public School (now St. Andrews School) and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In 1920, Arents sold the Ginter House and moved to the Bloemendaal House (Now Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden) with her companion Mary Garland Smith.
From 1924 to 1930, the Ginter House was home to the City of Richmond’s first public library – it was segregated with an African American library open 1925 at the YWCA at then on 5th Street. The Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health purchased Ginter House in 1930, which then transition into the Richmond Professional Institute and is now Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1930 the building has been used as small classrooms and administrative offices and now houses the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for VCU.
Photos from Valentine Richmond History Center & Gillan Ludlow