It was dangerous, dirty work. One false move and you could be killed, along with those around you. Hear the tales of the young women and girls who risked – and sometimes gave – their lives to support America’s Civil War arsenal. Award-winning author Tanya Anderson discusses her book, “Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies.” After the talk, join us for a 45-minute tour of Brown’s Island, site of the Confederate States Laboratory where many “gunpowder girls” worked and died during the war.
Explore stories of people -free and enslaved- who lived before, through, or after the Civil War. How did enslaved African Americans remain hopeful in dark times? Was the freedom won at the end of the War really free? Programs include special tours of the White House and Brown’s Island. Tour space is limited and registration is encouraged.
Programs will be going on at both locations all day. Brown's Island Tours are at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 and do not require advance registration. We are encouraging registration for White House Tours, since space is limited. Please follow the link below for your selected tour time to purchase advance tickets. Free parking for our White House location is available in the VCU Medical Center's visitors parking deck. Please allow plenty of time to travel through the deck and find a parking space ahead of your tour.
Contact Tally Botzer at 804-649-1861 x203 or by email for more information.
Discover and explore America’s greatest Civil War poems, with former Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith. Hear the words of Whitman, Melville and their peers, accompanied by the works of American visual artists Elihu Vedder, Winslow Homer, and others. Enjoy drinks and snacks at 6:00 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:45 p.m.