Embroidery Class, Seventeenth Street Mission, Richmond, VA


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Embroidery Class, Seventeenth Street Mission, Richmond, VA


Photograph of girls and young women from an embroidery class taught at the Seventeenth Street Mission, Richmond, VA.

Caption on card: "An embroidery class taught by wife of a Pres[byterian] minister. All have recited C.Cat[echism] 145 q[uestions]. except 2 mk'd X - 75 q[uestions].

In 1911, students from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Later, Union Presbyterian Seminary) started an urban ministry outreach program in the most impoverished neighborhood of Richmond, VA. The Seventeenth Street Mission functioned as a settlement house, offering laundry facilities and showers, meals, a clothing closet, classes in sewing, carpentry and other skills. 

The Sunday School program focused on the memorization of Bible verses, catechisms and the Lord's Prayer. In 1914, students from the General Assembly's Training School (later, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education) joined in as teachers and volunteers, and the effort became largely staffed by women.


Seventeenth Street Mission Collection, Special Collections, William Smith Morton Library, Union Presbyterian Seminary


c. 1914


Union Presbyterian Seminary Library


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