SHAPING THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

AS I WALKED ALONG East Clay Street in downtown Richmond, past the VCU Hospital and its sprawling medical center, it would be easy to dismiss the gray, unassuming building, number 1201, for any other historic mansion in the city. But that would be a mistake. For this is the Confederate White House (right), the former Read more about SHAPING THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE[…]

EVERGREEN CEMETERY: RESTING IN PIECES

TO REACH EVERGREEN CEMETERY, you take the bus from downtown Richmond: Board at 7th and Marshall, pay $1.50, then ride about 20 stops until you arrive at Nine Mile and Echo. As you step off the bus, there is no sidewalk, just short grass and dilapidated houses and power lines. Then you walk along empty Read more about EVERGREEN CEMETERY: RESTING IN PIECES[…]

SCORCHED EARTH

It is a beautiful day at Clay Abner Park, in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. I don’t know what I expected from a park in the heart of one of Richmond’s oldest, poorest, and predominately African-American neighborhoods. But it is a perfect Sunday in late April. Spring has swept through the city at last, and the Read more about SCORCHED EARTH[…]

GHOSTS OF THE CONFEDERACY

JUST A FEW BLOCKS from the statues of Confederate generals that line historic Monument Avenue, sits another piece of Richmond’s Civil War past: the unassuming, tiny white Confederate Memorial Chapel, a unique landmark nestled among the colorful townhouses in a quintessential Fan District neighborhood. THE CHAPEL IS ONE of the original buildings that remain from Read more about GHOSTS OF THE CONFEDERACY[…]

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