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- Scrapbook, February-April 1934, kept by businessman Charles A. Somma (1890-1943) during his campaign for a seat from the Lee Ward on the Common Council of Richmond, Virginia. Includes agendas and minutes from several meetings, February-April 1934, of his supporters; minutes from meetings of the Lee Ward Democratic Club, which formed during that election season; cards endorsing Somma and other candidates; newspaper clippings about the race; and telegrams congratulating Somma on his eventual win
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- Charles A. Somma (1890-1943) was born 15 January 1890 in Richmond, Virginia, to Nicholas and Theresa Meyer Somma. After working for a short time in his father's ice cream business, Somma opened the Dixie Theater, one of Richmond's first movie theaters for African Americans. He came to own several movie theaters in Richmond, Petersburg, and Henrico County, and was instrumental in the lifting of Richmond blue laws prohibiting the showing of movies on Sundays. In 1927, he purchased the controlling stock in the Virginia State Fair Association, which he ran until his death in 1943. Somma was elected to the Richmond Common Council, 1934, and was an officer with both the Richmond Catholic Charities and the National Association of Circus Saints and Sinners. He and wife Carrie Rowe Somma had five sons.
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