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Church Hill People’s News is a community website that that ranges for lost dogs to local events to some really amazing historical content and covers the east end of Richmond, VA.
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
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.
Richmond is home to the 6th synagogue established in the US and the Jewish community has been a major part of the city’s history. ¬†On this episode, Grace Zell, a Docent and Administrative Assistant at the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives¬†discusses the story with History Replays Today.
Topics include but are not limited to the earliest days of the city when it’s earliest Jews settled in Church Hill, Judah Benjamin, who has been called the “Brains of the Confederacy”,¬†the¬†Thalhimers who created one of the largest department stores in Virginia, the first jewish burial ground in Virginia and the only Jewish Civil War Burial ground any where.