“Bombs, Bread and Blood: The Brown’s Island Explosion and the Richmond Bread Riot” Brown Bag Lunch Talk

April 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm
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Kelly Hancock
1201 E. Clay Street
(855) 649-1861

Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.

On March 13th, the Confederate Laboratory on Brown’s Island exploded in a great ball of fire, due to unsafe working conditions. Over 60 casualties lost their lives, most of who were young immigrant women between the ages of twelve and twenty.  On April 2, a crowd of some 300 to 500 people, mainly women, rioted in Richmond over food shortages and inflation.  Targeting the business district of the city, they smashed windows, broke into shops, and took anything they could get their hands on.  Join Director of Museum Operations, Eric App, as he uses his 3-D map of Richmond to show Richmond’s military production centers and to trace the path of the rioters.