By Fatema Al Darii The Black History Museum (BHM) on West Leigh Street, in the heart of Jackson Ward, is one of the many symbols that showcase both the history and current dynamics of the neighborhood. On the museum’s glass doors, their hours of operation are printed in a white font; a nearby sign Read more about The Bond[…]
by Chance Evans I am Jackson Ward. I have been here for over a hundred years, vibrant and rich, yet I was cut apart and forgotten and left for dead by the city I live in. While many have left, my numbers today are strong, dynamic, and growing. Some want me to be different, but Read more about I Am the Neighborhood[…]
by Sam Craig It may be a man’s world, but it’s run by a woman. Susan Youngs opened It’s A Man’s World, an upscale men’s consignment shop right in the center of Jackson Ward, only seven months ago. “My husband needed to get rid of some of his clothes: cashmere sweaters, ties, old coats. But Read more about It’s A Man’s World[…]
by Sam Craig Maggie L. Walker is commonly known as the first African-American female banker. That may be what the history books say, but if you ask Ethan Bullard it is not the most important thing for people to know about her. “Maggie Walker was from a single parent household, disabled from diabetes and was Read more about Walking Through History[…]
I gesture towards Gilpin Court, craggy and salmon-colored in the distance. “What do you see, when you look over there?” I ask. Fuad Fara, employee and chef at ANA, Gilpin Court’s only deli and convenience store, barely turns around. He grins, sly and sunny. “I see a business opportunity,” Fara says.
by Lucy Nalen Sam Winston, 61, serves as an elder at Temple of God apostolic church in Gilpin Court. Which means he’s a leader of the church that he helped build from scratch on an empty lot 20 years ago. I asked him about the size of the congregation. “Sometimes 20, sometimes 25, sometimes four,” Read more about A Vision, an Empty Lot, an Answered Prayer[…]
by Lucy Nalen Barksdale Haggins, owner of a gospel record shop in Jackson Ward, has been going by the nickname “Barky” for most of his 86 years. Today, this revered senior citizen and anchor of the community is known as Mister Barky. The man himself is dapper and fit: The name suits him. In business Read more about Mr. Barky’s Spiritual Store[…]
by Fatema Al Darii When I lost my favorite hat to the James River, I went into mourning for a time, and then decided to get a haircut. That’s what brought me to Tight Cuts Unisex Barbershop on First Street in Jackson Ward on a chilly Tuesday afternoon in April. Tight Cuts was relatively empty Read more about Tight Cuts[…]
The forced estrangement is evident even in the landscape. Flourishing Jackson Ward boasts manicured front lawns and pruned bushes. Flowering trees line the streets, bursts of color are on display in porch-side pots. As I walk down the sidewalks, I imagine self-satisfied residents swapping gardening tips with their neighbours. On the other side of the highway, Gilpin Court resident Lee Basin is quick to reassure me of his neighborhood’s equivalent beauty.
by Jack DeAngelis I found Matt and Ben, two VCU students, sunning themselves on the front porch of their old apartment a block off Brook Road, on the west side of Jackson Ward. When I asked what it was like to live there, they both mentioned the number of bars and art galleries moving into Read more about The Diagonal: Brook Road[…]