Richmond, VA is turning over a new leaf. The former seat of the Confederacy, renowned for honoring men and war, is erecting 12 statues of women, most of whom I’ve never heard of. And that’s the point. Until recently women’s history was practically an oxymoron.
That is changing. In contrast to New York City, which chose to memorialize those old standbys Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Richmond has picked a dozen women whose intelligence, dedication, and hard work changed the lives of many.
You’ll have to read down, or scroll down, to find out who they are in this story from The Lily, but please take the time.
One name I recognized was that of Elizabeth Keckly, who purchased her freedom from slavery and became seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. You might enjoy reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, which my book club found fascinating.
These 12 statues are life-size and at ground level. Although their accomplishments are monumental, not one of them stands on a pedestal. None ride a horse.