this is Lewis Ginter

my hero

question : Who’s buried in Lewis Ginter’s tomb ?

answer : nobody

Like Grant, his body is above ground.

When I was drawing in Hollywood Cemetery, I wondered why Lewis Ginter is alone on the biggest plot in the cemetery. ( with Tiffany stained glass windows , yet ) So I bought this book by Brian Burns, and his life is a great story !

He came to Richmond from New York before the Civil War. He was the greatest business man , and loved Richmond. He made a fortune and lost it twice, but still died the richest man in VA. He gave so much to the city and the people, and was modest about it. Sadly for the ladies, he was gay. In the Civil War, he was Quartermaster for the Confederate army. When the general got killed, he lead the troops in battle and was fearless ! I’m not a history expert, but you can get this book if you want to know the whole story.

His niece started the botanical gardens, where I like to draw, in his memory.

Lewis Ginter is such an inspiration.


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