Seminary Hill
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1864
Medium: Printed photograph

Seminary Hill

This photograph, taken around 1864, shows a group of buildings that are part of the Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary. Aspinwall Hall, including its central structure, Meade Hall, are visible in the picture. Prior to emancipation the Virginia Episcopal Seminary hired enslaved people to work for the institution, and due to this the surrounding neighborhood of “Seminary,” nicknamed, “Mudtown,” was predominantly Black.