|Description||White metal badge cast with Virginia seal of Virtue with sword and spear standing over prostate with fallen crown and broken chains on the ground, seal surrounded by garter border with "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS"; obverse and reverse are identical.|
|Dimensions||W-1.25 L-2 inches|
|Owned||Algernon Sydney Sullivan|
The medal was worn by members of the Old Dominion Society of New York City. It was made in 1859 when James Monroe's remains were removed from New York to Virginia. This medal belonged to Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a member of the removal committee and member of the society.
James Monroe died in New York City in 1831, and was interred in New York City Marble Cemetery. In 1856, Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise sought to repatriate his remains to his native Virginia, at a time when sectional feeling and state pride were strong. The state appropriated funds, and Monroe's remains were transported to Richmond aboard the steamship Jamestown. The tomb, erected in 1859, was designed by the German-born architect Albert Lybrock, and its cast iron elements were cast by Wood and Perot of Philadelphia. The tomb is considered architecturally significant first for the scale of its use of cast iron, a material not commonly used at that time for that purpose, and for delicacy and degree of flamboyancy achieved in its creation, which could not have been done in stone.
Sullivan, Algernon Sydney