Phillip Barnard is the guest on this episode talking about the history of one of the most under rated historic buildings in RVA, Masons’ Hall. It is one of a handful of 18th century buildings in the area. During the early days of the city it was an early site for elections and courts, and a one of the sites to house debates on the constitution.
These topics and more are covered in this, part one. Part 2 mostly covers the building’s role during the War of 1812, the Civil War and beyond.
This episode features John Murden, the publisher of the Church Hill People’s News. He discusses the area known as Church Hill and its history. What is casually called Church Hill is actually a collection of many neighborhoods, (including a neighborhood officially called Church Hill). The conversation focusses on much of the 20th century history of these neighborhoods, and how, out of all of the different areas of the city, it has recently received a great deal of national attention.
His Church Hill People’s News is a community website that that ranges for lost dogs to local events to some really amazing historical content and covers the east end of Richmond, VA.
This frank discussion on race focusing on Peeples life includes growing up on Richmond’s south side, playing basketball for VCU, witnessing the sit-in by the Richmond 34, the desegregation of many of Richmond’s eateries, and much more.
Completely unrelated to the rest of the conversation, he briefly talks about Lady Wonder the Talking Horse. If anyone knows anything else more about Lady Wonder, or ever visited Lady Wonder please get in touch with me.
On this episode, the senior pastor at Richmond Hill, The Rev Ben Campbell talks about the history of the community. Founded in 1987, Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community in Richmond’s historic Church Hill. It is housed in the former Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria monastery. The location has been spiritually significant for thousands of years.
Campbell is also the author of the great book Richmond’s Unhealed History. It is available where ever you buy books or at Richmond Hill.
The view of the Shockoe Valley from Richmond Hills garden
Ed Ayers, the President and a History Professor at the University of Richmond is the guest. He discusses some of the complexities of emancipation, what emancipation means in a practical terms, and post Civil War Richmond. He also discusses why many consider him an internet pioneer in the fields of the humanities.
Walker is best know as the first black woman to charter a bank in the US,* but she is much more than that. Her mother was a former enslaved woman and her father was a Confederate yet she becomes a nationally know figure who rocked the boat of Jim Crow and pushed her community forward.