Archive for “John Mitchell Jr.”


The Mess at Evergreen

Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place of Maggie Walker, “Fighting Editor” John Mitchell Jr. and many other Richmond notables. A dispute with the owners threatens to undo years of work led by John Shuck and an army of volunteers.

A Grave Finally Gets a Stone

82 years, 2 months and 23 days after his death John Mitchell Jr's grave finally got a stone worthy of his name. In every way, shape and form, this is a long overdue step in recognizing one of the most remarkable figures in Jackson Ward's history.

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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.

John Mitchell Jr. – The Fighting Editor

Born: July 11, 1863 Died: December 3, 1929 Editor of the Richmond Planet. Civil rights leader Member of the Richmond City Council Founder of the Mechanics Savings Bank Candidate for Governor of Virginia. This story from Wikipedia paints a vivid picture: -

Richmond Planet archives now digitized and searchable

Thanks the new Shockoe Examiner for tipping us off to the online archive of John Mitchell Jr.’s Richmond Planet.

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Race Man: The Rise and Fall of the Fighting Editor John Mitchell Jr.

Ann Field Alexander’s Race Man: The Rise and Fall of the Fighting Editor John Mitchell Jr. (available from the University of Virginia Press) is a fascinating look at Richmond and especially Jackson Ward and the African-American experience at the turn of the last century as seen through the perspective of Richmond Planet publisher John Mitchell, […]

Mitchell in New York (1904)

From the NY Times, Sept.17, 1904, an account of a speech by the publisher of the Richmond Planet and president of the Mechanics’ Savings Bank John Mitchell Jr.

Harry Kollatz’ True Richmond Stories

Harry Kollatz’ fantastic True Richmond Stories, a collection of 40 or so of Kollatz’ “Flashback” columns from Richmond Magazine, was released in late 2007. The stories span Richmond history from 1607 until just a few years ago, and range across the city. Among the annecdotes are a few from around Jackson Ward, including a look […]