Archive for “African American History”

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New History Replays Today podcast about John Jasper

Learn a bit of the history that makes up our neighborhood and listen to a great new History Replays Today podcast about renowned Reverend John Jasper.

2nd Street Festival

2nd Street Festival Turns 25 Today

Jackson Ward celebrates its cultural diversity and rich history with a street party and everyone is invited! This FREE event takes place in the heart of Jackson Ward, October 5 & 6!

The Hippodrome Theater

History of the Hipp Part 2

Have you voted for Bojangles?

Voting for the Best Richmond Monument is taking place now at On the list is the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson statue located in the small corner park at the intersection of Leigh Street, Price Street, and Chamberlayne Parkway. Voting takes place in the right hand sidebar here.


Leigh Street Armory Receives $600,000 State Grant

Looks like the armory is receiving some much needed attention in the amount of an $600,000 grant made by Governor Bob McDonnell. The grant will be administered by Peter Chapman, the Mayor’s economic development czar, to create a new home for the Black History Museum. There was interest some time ago in using this building […]

The New Richmond – Embracing Diversity

Here’s some good press about Richmond and Jackson Ward from African Diaspora Once the city with one of the largest slave markets in the United States, Richmond is now making positive strides toward slavery reconciliation, recognizing its diverse heritage and embracing multiculturalism. The capital of the state of Virginia, the city, for the last two decades or so, […]

man who ran the planet

The Man Who Ran the Planet

WTVR produced a great video on the iconoclastic editor of the Richmond Planet and civil rights leader John Mitchell and the lack of recognition he has received.

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A Video Tour of Jackson Ward

Dedicated to the Memories of Our Demised Loved Ones

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Emancipation Day

Celebrate Emancipation Day

Once upon a time, Emancipation Day was widely celebrated by African Americans in Richmond.  White Richmond on the other hand, maybe less so.  Why?  The day chosen to celebrate freedom was April 3rd, the day Union troops marched into Richmond.  Back then, freedom came at the point of a gun.  Black Richmond didn’t mourn the death […]

Richmond’s First African American Police Officers

From the National Historic Marker Database: By Daw Bowen, July 28, 2007 Inscription. On 1 May 1946, Richmond’s first professional African American police officers were hired and assigned to the First Precinct at Smith and Marshall Streets. They were Howard T. Braxton, Doctor P. Day, Frank S. Randolph, and John W. Vann. On 16 December 1949, […]

Emancipation Day 1905

via Belch.Com (Can anyone identify this location?) NEGROES’ DAY CELEBRATED Richmond, Va., April 3 (Washington Post, April 4, 1905.) Thousands of Negroes observed Emancipation Day in Virginia today. The occasion resulted in an outpouring of the race never before equaled, armed with miniature United States flags and attended by brass bands. In addition, there was […]

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