Alternative Facts are nothing new. The Museum of Veiled Virginia History is communicating how and why history has been distorted, and who did it. By learning how we and our kinfolk have been duped in the past, we can learn not to be fooled again.
















The veiling of history – the replacement of the facts, especially the facts beneficial to the oppressed, with a fictitious construction that is called history -- is led and directed by specific people who know what they are doing. It is a process that influences what those who come afterwards believe is possible, which people are competent, and how change happens. A veiled history limits our ability to be a democracy, and even curtails our individual destinies and those of the next generation.

Honest history is the basis for realistic hope for the future. This museum will be committed to accurate history, solidly based on original sources and on current historical knowledge, that treats all human beings as of equal value.






Museum Strategies

To promote awareness in Winchester and Virginia of currently veiled history, especially

  • The exciting episode of genuine emancipation in Winchester during 1863;
  • The forgotten facts of Virginia's 1902 Constitutional Coup and Jim Crow constitution; and
  • The career of Harry Flood Byrd Sr.


To collaborate with and strengthen organizations in Virginia and beyond that promote accurate history, and to network with Winchester businesses and organizations that promote positive action and self-awareness.

To encourage tourism and education related to alternate visions of Winchester and Virginia in collaboration with other businesses and organizations.






Organization


The Museum and related activities is a for-profit business (LLC) under the sole control of Larry Lamar Yates of Winchester. Any contributions or gifts made are not tax-deductible.

U.S. GENERAL AND

WINCHESTER EMANCIPATOR

OPEN 11 AM TO 7 PM FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AND BY APPOINTMENT

Why doesn't Winchester have a statue like this of its native son, instead of just this tiny plaque?

OPEN 11 AM TO 7 PM FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AND BY APPOINTMENT

VIRGINA'S LONGTIME JIM CROW

BOSS SWORN IN AS GOVERNOR

MUSEUM ITEMS

And Winchester's streets will be part of the Museum's teaching.

Should this plaque be on this building? And why isn't it?

OPEN 11 AM TO 7 PM FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AND BY APPOINTMENT

FROM SLAVERY TO CONGRESS

THIS WINCHESTER RESIDENT

AND US SENATOR WROTE

THE FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT

POSTED ALL AROUND

WINCHESTER JANUARY 1863

THE SLAVE OWNER REGIME

CONDEMNED THIS:

SELF-EMANCIPATED PEOPLE

FLOCKED TO IT

1915 JIM CROW MONUMENT

A PEEK AT THE MUSEUM

AND SOME OF OUR DISPLAY ITEMS