Virginia’s first lady under fire after transfer from cotton to visit students

Pam Northarm, right, appears alongside her husband, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam during a press conference earlier this month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The wife of embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is claimed to be in the middle of another potentially embarrassing moment for the state, the democratic leadership, according to one African-American legislative side, you gave her and the other black side of a ball of cotton and asked, “Can you imagine that an enslaved person and this take all day?”

In a letter to Pam Northam, was a Monday, and by WAVY-TV, unknown eighth-grader, said the first lady ” comments and just the way they carried themselves … it was beyond inappropriate, especially in light of the recent events with the Governor.

“From the time we went to the [Executive] mansion … I didn’t receive, a welcoming atmosphere,” said the student, the test of experience, “very.”

In an emailed statement, Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel the black students from denying that the first lady had selected, as she led them on a tour of the manor house and an adjacent building that once served as a kitchen.


“You didn’t single someone invited you to touch all sides, agricultural products (such as dried tobacco, produce, cotton) and artifacts appear, the said in the Historic kitchen as part of an education tour”, Yhsekel.

In a separate statement, Pam Northam, said: “The Historical kitchen should believe is a function of the Executive Mansion tours, and I think it does a disservice to Virginians for the omission of the stories of the enslaved people who lived and worked there-that is why I have engaged in a concerted effort to thoughtfully and honestly share this important story, since I came to Richmond.

“I have the same educational tour of the Executive Mansion, the visitors over the last couple of months, and used a variety of artifacts and agricultural crops, with the intention of the representation of a painful period of Virginia history. I regret that I have upset someone.”

Ralph Northam has defied calls from the state and national Democratic party to resign, because of a racist photo on his 1984 medical-school-Yearbook-page showed up Feb. 1. Northam first apologized for the appearance on the photo, which showed a man in blackface and others in the cloak and pointy hood of the Ku-Klux-Klan-member. On the following day he said that he believed that he was in the photo, although he admitted to look that worn blackface the same year as Michael Jackson in a dance competition.


Northam has remained largely out of sight, only to appear in public at the funeral of a state trooper. In the meantime, Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of wearing sexual assault of two women, and the attorney General Mark Herring blackface allowed in the school.

Last week, Northam plans to participate in a civil rights commemoration event at the historically black Virginia Union University students are not cancelled come to the asked him to, say, his presence could be the event to overshadow the.


According to The Washington Post, the Virginia governor’s residence in the United States, with slave labor in the years 1813 and is the oldest active governor’ s

The Post reported on Wednesday that the girl’s mother, Leah Dozier Walker, the Director of equity and engagement at the Virginia Department of Education, wrote in a letter to the legislature and the Governor’s office, Mrs. Northam actions “lead me to believe that the Governor’s office has taken seriously the harm and damage that have caused African-Americans in Virginia, or that they deserve our forgiveness.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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