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Va.'s top 10 endangered artifacts announced

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 16, 2013 at 9:56 am •  Published: September 16, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Association of Museums has announced 2013's top 10 endangered artifacts.

More than 181,000 online votes were cast, and selections made by an independent panel of conservators and others were announced Monday.

The Virginia Association of Museums project is intended to raise awareness of the importance of conserving historic and cultural treasures.

Among the winners is an untitled painting by self-taught folk artist Minnie Ma Scyphers from the 1970s at the William King Museum in Abingdon. It received the most online votes.

Among other winners were a battalion flag flown on D-Day in 1944, a water works map of Roanoke from 1888, the Rev. Robert Rose monument at St. John's Church in Richmond from 1751, and illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" from 1884.