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Demographics of Richmond

                               White          Black       Native American          Asian          Hispanic

Total Population   41.6%         52.3%             0.4%                        1.6%             4.2%

FACTS ABOUT RICHMOND

1.Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. It is an independent city and not part of any county. Richmond is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond area. The population within the city limits was 204,214 in 2010. 

2.Richmond emerged from the smoldering rubble of the Civil War as an economic powerhouse, with iron front buildings and massive brick factories. Freed slaves and their descendants created a thriving African-American business community, led by such influential people as Maggie L. Walker (first woman to charter a bank in the U.S.) and John Mitchell, Jr. The city's historic Jackson Ward became known as the "Wall Street of Black America."

3.Richmond entered the broadcasting era in late 1925 when WRVA, originally known as the Edgeworth Tobacco Station and owned by Larus & Brothers, went on the air. The white ballad singers and black gospel quartets that were popular on the radio at the time were often urban and sometimes even professional men. At the time, Richmond was particularly self-conscious with its southern roots, and such music was seen as culturally inferior. 

4.Richmond's elite society has also been portrayed in various popular culture references, such as in 1920s novels by Ellen Glasgow and James Branch Cabell, or the 1990s television sitcom A Different World, which featured the character Whitley Gilbert, an obnoxious and wealthy African American debutante.

5.A multi-million dollar floodwall was completed in 1995, in order to protect the city and the Shockoe Bottom businesses from the rising waters of the James River. After the floodwall was completed, the River District businesses grew rapidly, and today the area is home to much of Richmond's entertainment, dining and nightlife activity.

6.In 1996, a reminder of Richmond's Confederate history arose amid controversy involved in placing a statue of African American Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe to the famed series of statues of Confederate heroes of the Civil War on Monument Avenue. After several months of controversy, the bronze statue of Ashe was finally completed on Monument Avenue facing the opposite direction from the Confederate Heroes on July 10, 1996.

7.Morgan Quitno Press ranked Richmond the ninth-most dangerous of 354 cities in 2004. Richmond was ranked overall as the 5th most dangerous city and the 12th-most dangerous metropolitan area in the United States for the year of 2005. The following year, Richmond had seen a decline in crime, ranking as the 15th-most dangerous city in the United States. By 2008, Richmond's position on the list had fallen to 49th.

8.Richmond's government changed in 2004 from a council-manager form of government to an at-large, popularly elected Mayor. In a landslide election, incumbent mayor Rudy McCollum was defeated by L. Douglas Wilder, who previously served Virginia as the first elected African American governor in the United States since Reconstruction. 

9.Richmond has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and generally mild winters. The coldest weather normally occurs from late December to early February. Summertime high temperatures reach 90 °F on 37 days per summer, and while 100 °F levels are not uncommon, they do not occur every year. Precipitation is rather uniformly distributed throughout the year. However, dry periods lasting several weeks do occur, especially in autumn when long periods of pleasant, mild weather are most common.

Radio Stations

WRIH 88.1 FM Richmond, VA Christian Contemporary 
WHCE 91.1 FM Highland Springs, VA Top-40 
WCDX 92.1 FM Mechanicsville, VA Hip Hop 
WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond, VA Top-40 
WRIR (LPFM) 97.3 FM Richmond, VA Variety 
WKJM 99.3 FM Petersburg, VA Urban Contemporary
WHTI 100.9 FM Lakeside, VA Top-40 
WKJS 105.7 FM Richmond, VA Urban Contemporary 
WBTJ 106.5 FM Richmond, VA Hip Hop 
WGGM 820 AM Chester, VA Gospel Music 
WRNL 910 AM Richmond, VA Sports 
WXGI 950 AM Richmond, VA Sports 
WREJ 1540 AM Richmond, VA Gospel Music 
WFTH 1590 AM Richmond, VA Gospel Music 

A Touch of History

Thomas L. Jennings

 

Thomas L. Jennings an African-American tradesman and abolitionist in New York City, New York. He was an African American who operated a tailoring and dry cleaning business, and in 1821 was the first African American to be granted

ENTERTAINMENT

1.Caribbean Mingle -  Category: Nightclub -   17 W Main St, Richmond, VA (804) 780-0013.

2.Club 534 -  Category: Nightclub -   534 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA (804) 353-9670.

3.Court Cafe -  Category: Nightclub - 30 and over crowd -   1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA (804) 379-3800

4.Jazzy Blues Cafe -  Category: Nightclub -   7825 Midlothian Tpke, Richmond, VA (804) 726-4500.

5.Richmond Funny Bone -  Category: Comedy Club -   11800 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 521-8900 .

 

6.Ro'Chel'Los Soul Food Jazz Restaurant -  Category: Entertainment -   5956 Brook Road, Richmond, VA (804) 266-4430.

7.The Camel -  Category: Nightclub - Hosts Jazz, jam, indie acts. -   1621 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 353-490.

8.9:55 Club Comedy -  Category: Comedy Club - Comedians seen on Comedy Central, HBO and more!-   1700 Dock Street, Richmond, VA (804) 878-0918  

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

  1. Capital City Kwanzaa Festival -  (DEC)  The Showplace - 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike Richmond, VA - (visit website) 

    Enjoy this African holiday each December with musical and dance performances.
     

  2. Second Street Festival -  (OCT)   Held at Abner Clay Park Richmond, VA 23219  - (visit website)

    Annual event with plenty of people coming to Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward to enjoy live music. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

Black History Museum and Cultural Center

Founded in 1981 by Carroll Anderson; housed in a Neoclassical style structure built in 1832 and purchased by Maggie L. Walker in 1922; in 1932 the building became the African American branch of the Richmond Public Library; in 1991 it was converted to a museum and cultural center for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans in Virginia from their arrival in 1619 to present.

 

Address: 122 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220

Hours: Closed today

Phone: (804) 780-9093

Monday            Closed

Tuesday            10AM–5PM

Wednesday      10AM–5PM

Thursday          10AM–5PM

Friday                10AM–5PM

Saturday           10AM–5PM

Sunday              Closed

 

Rich in cultural development, Jackson Ward was home to many influential people, including Maggie Walker, the first woman to charter and serve as president of an American bank, and Rev. William Lee Taylor, president of The United Order of True Reformers.

Richmond, VA Black Motorcycle Clubs

 

Richmond, VA HBCU Colleges

CHURCHES

1.Crusade for Christ Family Worship COGIC -  We are of the pentecostal expression of worship.   - 1700 West Moore St, Richmond, VA (804) 359-1502  - (visit website)

2.Baptist Church -  216 West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA (804) 643-3366  - (visit website) 

3.First Baptist Church -  1501 Decatur Street, Richmond, VA (804) 233-7679  - (visit website) 

4.Metropolitan African American Baptist Church Kingdom Village -  5263 Warwick Road, Richmond, VA (804) 232-9900.

 

5.Mosby Memorial Baptist Church -  2901 Mechanicsville Tpke, Richmond, VA (804) 648-2472  - (visit website) 

6.Sharon Baptist Church -  22 East Leigh Street, Richmond, VA (804) 643-3825.

7.Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church -  14 West Duval Street, Richmond, VA (804) 648-7511  - (visit website) 

Ladies of Negro Leagues Baseball exhibit

at the Richmond Black History Museum

Elegba Folklore Society

Founded in 1981 by Carroll Anderson; housed in a Neoclassical style structure built in 1832 and purchased by Maggie L. Walker in 1922; in 1932 the building became the African American branch of the Richmond Public Library; in 1991 it was converted to a museum and cultural center for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans in Virginia from their arrival in 1619 to present.

 

Address: 101 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219

Hours: Closed today

Phone: (804) 644-3900

 

The Hippodrome Theater

The Hippodrome Theater is located in Richmond, Virginia. It is situated in the historical African-American neighborhood of Jackson Ward, which was referred to as “The Harlem of the South” during the 1920s. 

Address: 528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219

Opened: 1914

Phone: (804) 308-2913

 

Located in Jackson Ward, a recognized National Historical Landmark in the city of Richmond, The Hippodrome Theater and the Taylor Mansion are the centerpieces of the latest project to return this area to its legendary prominence. This historic neighborhood was the center of African American commerce and entertainment in the early 1900s, garnering the nickname “Harlem of the South”.

The famed Second Street, known as “The Deuce”, was a bustling hot spot of performance venues including the same Hippodrome Theater that stands today. Built in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theater, it later became a celebrated musical locale attracting such legendary greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway – just to name a few.

“The Deuce”

Taylor’s private home, originally built in 1907 by renowned architect John Lankford, has now been beautifully revitalized into the adjacent restaurant, The Speakeasy Grill, specializing in Southeastern Cuisine.

THE SPEAKEASY GRILL

The Speakeasy Grill is located in the historic Taylor Mansion next to the Hippodrome Theater, which was built in 1895 for the Rev. W.L. Taylor, a leader of the United Order of True Reformers and his business partner. Rev. Taylor and Rev. William Washington Brown are credited with forming the first chartered African American owned bank in the world. The home was designed in the Italianate Revival Style. The mansion was credited at the time with being the largest home of a Black American in the United States, with over 14,000 square feet of luxury and 33 rooms. Renovated as part of the Hippodrome Venues, the main dining room is located in the formal parlors of the home, and the Hippodrome’s VIP Box Suites were the original bedrooms.

Address: 526 N. 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-308-2913

 CULTURAL SITES OF RICHMOND

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

Dedicated in 2008, it commemorates organized protests that helped bring about school desegregation in Virginia and America; it features 18 statues of leaders in the Civil Rights Movement on four sides of a rectangular granite stone block onto which are carved quotes.

 

The memorial was designed by Stanley Bleifeld and financed by private donations; the memorial's plaque describes the struggle for integration of Virginia schools; R.R. Moton High School, an all-black high school in Farmville, Virginia, who suffered from terrible conditions due to underfunding. Teachers and students did not have desks or blackboards, some students had to take classes in a decrepit school bus.

 

Requests for additional funds were denied by the all-white school board; in response, on 23 April 1951, a 16-year-old student named Barbara Johns covertly organized a student strike; she forged notes to teachers telling them to bring their students to the auditorium for a special announcement. When the school's students showed up, Johns took the stage and persuaded the school to strike to protest poor school conditions.

 

Over 450 walked out and marched to the homes of members of the school board, who refused to see them; Rev. Francis Griffin organized parents in support of the strike and encouraged the students to contact NAACP lawyers Oliver Hill and Spottiswood Robinson, the two civil rights lawyers brought suit against the school board: Davis vs. County School Board of Prince Edward County, which was eventually one of the 4 cases combined into Brown vs. Board of Education heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954; that Supreme Court decision officially overturned racial segregation in U.S. public schools.

ADDRESS: Virginia State Capitol grounds

Civil Rights Memorial

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Monument
Born on North 3rd Street, Robinson appeared in the first African American talking picture, and achieved his greatest popularity in movie roles featuring his famed staircase dance routines dancing with Shirley Temple in six films; to Bojangles and Shirley's credit they always pushed his character to display more dignity than movie scripts and directors intended; a notable humanitarian; nevertheless Robinson got feed up with the Hollywood system for not expanding his roles to that of dignified, non-servile characters and left movies for a number of years until his demand was met; a humanitarian, Robinson paid for the traffic light at this intersection after a child was injured crossing; by the way, William "Bill" is a name he assumed from his brother.

ADDRESS: Adams and West Leigh Street  MAP
PARKING: on street

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Virginia Union University
Founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement, the university is the result of the merger of four institutions:  Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College, and Storer College; Richmond Theological Seminary held classes in Richmond at Lumpkin’s Jail, a former holding cell for runaway slaves; during the same time, Wayland Seminary was founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in Washington, D.C.; in 1867, Storer College was founded in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia; in 1883, Hartshorn Memorial College opened its doors in Richmond as the first college for African American women;  Richmond Theological Seminary and Wayland Seminary merged in 1899 to form Virginia Union University.

 

In 1932 and 1964, Hartshorn Memorial College and Storer College, respectively, became a part of this union; VUUalumni include Reginald Lewis, the first African-American to own a billion dollar company; VUU is also home to the L. Douglas Wilder Library, named in honor of Virginia's first Black Governor; though one of oldest historically black universities in the South, today, the University provides dynamic academic and support programs that help students develop strong moral values to build a foundation for success in small class settings; the institution has nationally recognized programs in business, education, social work, science, theology and a police training academy.

ADDRESS: 1500 North Lombardy Street  MAP

PARKING: on campus

PHONE: 804-257-5600

WEBSITE: http://www.vuu.edu

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson 

Virginia Union University Museum
The museum consists of four galleries of African, Oceanic, and African-American folk art; highlights include ceremonial masks, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, and utilitarian objects; a new Virginia Union Historical Exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through more than 140 years of university history, recently opened adjacent to the Museum.

ADMISSION: Free

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Thu 11a-4p and by appt

ADDRESS: 1500 North Lombardy Street, inside L. Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center  MAP

PARKING: on campus

PHONE: 804-257-5660

WEBSITE: http://www.vuu.edu

Belgian-Congo Occupations Relief
A captivating sandstone African Occupations Relief outside the Belgian building on the Virginia Union campus.

ADDRESS: 1500 North Lombardy Street  MAP
PARKING: on campus

Virginia Fire & Police Museum
Established 1849, its one of the nation's oldest firehouses on the National Register of Historic Landmarks; today it houses antique fire fighting equipment and records of African American Engine Company No. 9, which began in 1950 and was noted inside and outside Jackson Ward for its bravery; exists as a part time gallery.

ADDRESS: 200 West Marshall Street  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 804-644-1849

WEBSITE:  none

Jackson Center
The building honors Giles B Jackson, a former slave who became the first black lawyer to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court; this 54,000 square foot building is now home for the Virginia State Dept of Housing and Community Development.

ADDRESS: 501 North 2nd Street  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 804-371-7000

WEBSITE:

Arthur Ashe Monument
Scholarly Arthur Ashe, Jr. (1943-1993) was born and spent most of his childhood in Richmond, though he spent later years in St Louis and at UCLA honing his tennis skills; 1975 Wimbledon tennis champion and member of the Davis Cup Team; when dedicated, this monument raised a controversy with old guard Richmond because it placed a monument of Ashe in the posthumous company of Confederate general statues on Monument Street; fortunately Richmond's leaders were bigger than such a slight when they stuck to this location and honored an exemplary native son, writer, humanitarian and international activist.

ADDRESS: Monument Ave at Roseneath Road  MAP
PARKING: on street 

Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
DESCRIPTION: This 72,000 square foot athletic and trade-show facility features tennis and basketball courts, an indoor track for underprivileged youth; surely Arthur would have been proud of it.

ADDRESS: 3001 North Boulevard  MAP

PARKING: on premises

PHONE: 804-780-6131

RICHMOND ART & HISTORY MUSEUMS

Virginia Historical Society
This museum is also one of our nation’s major historical research institutions; one of seven galleries in the museum portrays contributions by African Americans to the beautiful state of Virginia; one exhibit covers the 14 African American Medal of honor winners from the Civil War.

ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Students, Free to age 18 and under, Free on Sundays

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p

ADDRESS: 428 North Boulevard  MAP

PARKING: Free parking in the VHS lot behind the museum 

PHONE: 804-358-4901

WEBSITE: http://www.vahistorical.org

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Outstanding encyclopedic museum; the large permanent galleries include African, American, Asian, Byzantine, European, and Contemporary art; there is a rotating Splendors of Ancient Egypt exhibit; each February the museum features a Jazz & Classical music concert by African American composers; a 165,000 square-foot  expansion project is underway to better display more of its extensive collections; a gift shop is on premises

ADMISSION: Free, but special events require tickets

PHOTO POLICY: Cameras and videos are permitted in permanent collection areas only. Sorry, no tripods, flash, or artificial light allowed.

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 2800 Grove Ave  MAP

PARKING: $3 on premises in the new parking lot

PHONE: 804-340-1400 or 804-367-0844

WEBSITE: http://www.vmfa.state.va.us

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Poe memorabilia, library and garden; exhibit rooms, also showcase how many people lived during Poe's time; an exhibit of first editions of Poe's work includes an 1845 copy of The Raven.

ADMISSION: $6 adults, Seniors & Students $5

DAYS & HOURS: Sun 11a-5p, Tue-Sat 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 1914 East Main Street  MAP

PARKING: Free off-street parking available on the side of the museum

PHONE: 804-648-5523

WEBSITE: http://www.poemuseum.org



Old Dominion Railway Museum
DESCRIPTION: Run by volunteers and housed in a restored Railway Express Agency car; aside from real trains, the museum features photos and artifacts from the area's railroad history; for train lovers: Old Dominion Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30p at the Science Museum of Virginia.

ADMISSION: free but donations are requested 

DAYS & HOURS: Sat 11a-4p, Sun 1p-4p  

ADDRESS: 102 Hull Street  MAP

PARKING: free on premises

PHONE: 804-233-6237

WEBSITE: http://www.odcnrhs.org

Virginia Center for Architecture
One of the nation's few museums devoted to help us understand the value, meaning, and influence of built environments in our lives and world; located in a 1919, 27,000-square-foot landmark Tudor Revival mansion; exhibitions, programs, and house and neighborhood walking tours are offered throughout the year; the Museum Shop features an wide array of books and gifts.

ADMISSION: Free

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p

ADDRESS: 2501 Monument Avenue  MAP

PARKING: Free street parking is available during museum hours; Valet parking is provided during most evening events

PHONE: 804-644-3041

WEBSITE: http://www.virginiaarchitecture.org

 

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Founded in 2000, the center's flagship exhibit, In the Cause of Liberty,explores the war's causes, course, and legacies through artifacts, media, and programs from three perspectives — Union, Confederate, and African American; the site is located on 8 acres adjoining James River and downtown

ADMISSION: $8 Adults, $6 Students/Seniors, $2 ages 7-12, age 6 & under Free.

DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p

ADDRESS: 490 Tredegar Street  MAP

PARKING: free on premises

PHONE: 804-780-1865

WEBSITE: http://www.tredegar.org

Maymont House Museum 
Additional exhibits include the Carriage Collection, the gardens and grounds, the Robins Nature and Visitor's Center, Virginia Wildlife Exhibits and Children's Farm; Group tours are available by reservation; on the list of National Historic Places; he see story of the Walker Family domestic servants at Maymont.

ADMISSION: $5; Guided tours on the hour and half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun Noon-5p

ADDRESS:1700 Hampton Street  MAP

PARKING: on site

PHONE: 804-358-7166 x329
WEBSITE: http://www.maymont.org

Virginia Holocaust Museum
Founded in 1997, the museum offers docent-led group tours and individual self-guided tours that drive home the devastating impact the Nazi rampage in the 1930s and 40s Europe; lectures, film series and rotating exhibits; a trip to the museum  a 14-minute documentary precedes both tours; includes The Nuremberg Trials Courtroom Exhibit, which is the only replica of the famous courtroom that set the standard for modern international law.

ADMISSION: free, but it is recommended that children be at least age 9; donations appreciated

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 2000 East Cary Street  MAP

PARKING: free parking on premises

PHONE: 804-257-5400

WEBSITE: http://www.va-holocaust.com

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