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.
Then: Humphrey-Calder Field
The Humphrey-Calder Field, located on Thompson and Patterson, has been used by the lesbian community since the 1940’s. Women who could not afford to attend high class events like the wealthy would go and play sports on the field. The field was used for sports including women’s’ bowling, soccer, rugby and flag football. However, the largest sport played was women’s’ softball. Many players and spectators would go to Babes after the games.
Now: Humphrey-Calder Field
Today the field is still used for sporting events. Located next to the field is the Humphrey-Calder Community Center. Inside the center includes a gymnasium, game room with computer lab, multi-purpose room and restrooms. Outside of the facility, there is the soccer field, youth baseball field, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, children’s playground and picnic shelter.
Photos from “Lesbian & Gay Richmond” & Gillan Ludlow.