2020 Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Announced

News & Announcements,

VAM is proud to announce the 2020 Honorees of our Virginia's

Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program!

This year's selection includes such items as the archival collection of the father of Black public relations, a portrait of America's first female cryptanalyst, a gravestone created by an emancipated stone carver, a quilt crafted by rural women in central Virginia, a WWII propaganda poster featuring boxer Joe Louis, and a formal dress designed by a Black dressmaker who was considered the finest dressmaker in Richmond at the turn of 20th century.
Alexandria Black History Museum - Alexandria, VA
Moss Kendrix Collection, circa 20th century
Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum - Botetourt County, VA
Manual of Religious Instruction, circa 1857
George C. Marshall Library & Archives - Lexington, VA
Portrait of Elizebeth Friedman, circa 20th century
Highland County Museum - McDowell, VA
Weather Journal of Washington Stephenson, circa 1838-1867
Montgomery Museum of Art & History - Christansburg, VA
Coverlet Created by Enslaved Woman of Montgomery County, circa 1850
National D-Day Memorial - Bedford, VA
WWII Recruitment Poster Featuring Joe Louis, circa 1942
Old City Cemetery Museum & Arboretum - Lynchburg, VA
Angel Statue Carved by African American Stonecutter, circa 1909
Pamplin Historical Park - Petersburg, VA
Album Quilt Created by Ladies of Dinwiddie, circa 1850
Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park - Big Stone Gap, VA
Jessie Reasor Zander Collection, circa 20th century
The Valentine Museum - Richmond, VA
Afternoon Dress Designed & Created by Black Dressmaker Fannie Criss Payne, circa 1905
Read the details about this year's recognized artifacts, and then get ready to vote for your favorites during the crowdsourced voting competition happening January 11-20 where the item receiving the most votes will be awarded $1,000 to help with conservation!