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Ruins of the church at Hampton, Virginia

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0894 Author/Creator: Place Written: Hampton, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 9.8 x 22.2 cm

A view of the ruins of a church in Hampton, Virginia. A man sits on a former section of wall, surveying the almost total destruction of the place of worship. Inscription on verso: "Hampton Va Church." Numeric notation on verso: "129."

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