Free Egunfemi – Untold RVA


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Free Egunfemi is an independent historical strategist and founder of Untold RVA. She is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow, a 2019 Monument Lab Fellow, a narrative change architect on the faculty at Initiatives of Change, and serves as the City of Richmond as chair of the mayor’s History and Culture Commission.

Untold RVA is the people’s choice for the creative advancement of Richmond’s most powerful Self Determination narratives, hidden in plain sight throughout our city’s historical urban landscape. Untold RVA was founded in 2013 as the winner of a democratically elected local startup competition. Since then, Free collaborates with the academia, public media, public art and community design sectors to introduce these Self Determination narratives into the historical record. As an influencer, Free points out how the accomplishments of Richmond’s ancestral freedom fighters have been deliberately submerged for generations through biased preservation methods. Untold RVA interrupts these systemic inequities with tactical urbanism installations that are highly visible yet work in harmony with the existing urban landscape.