Mike Gorman talks to host Jeff Majer about President Abraham Lincoln’s historic trip to Richmond less then 48 hour after the evacuation of the Confederate Government. The Confederates had held the strong hold in RVA for 4 years and on their way out of town the business district will be set ablaze.
When the President appears on the banks of the James River he will be mobbed by newly freed slaves as he tries to push his way through Shockoe.
Gorman is a historian with the National Park Service and compiles sources about Civil War Richmond at www.mdgorman.com.
The Hippodrome Theater as it looked when it opened in 1913. The original building burns. The fire is covered in the podcast. Photo from Richmond Times-Distpatch
Ben Anderson, Park Guide for the National Park Service has done intensive research on Richmond’s most famous historic black theater, the Hippodrome. Anderson has a conversation with host Jeff Majer, about the theater in Jackson Ward. The theater is celebrating its 100th birthday and the conversation covers almost all 100 years.
The Hippodrome Theater as of 9/14/13, photo by Jeff Majer
Mark Greenough, Tour Supervisor and Historian at the Virginia State Capitol talks about the early days of the building. Many folks know that Thomas Jefferson designed the Virginia State Capitol, but the story is far more complicated and dramatic then a founding father dabbling in architecture.
The conversation addresses why the capital of Virginia was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond, why Thomas Jefferson designed the building, why it is where it is, what RVA was like as a young capital and much more.
Jeff Majer has a conversation with Hugh Campbell the owner and operator of the John Marshall Barber Shop on Richmond’s Shockoe Hill. The barber shop opened in 1929 on the same day that the stock market crashed that caused the great depression. Campbell has been cutting hair t the shop for almost 50 years and has hosted many notables including Cab Calloway, George Bush, Richard Nixon, Elvis, Bruce Willis and many more.
CORRECTION: I say in this episode Shockoe Bottom yet the John Marshall is clearly on Shockoe Hill. My bad.
In this episode, Jeff Majer sits down with the first Governor of Virginia, lawyer and Founding Father Patrick Henry at St John’s Church in Richmond, Va, the site of Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. Patrick Henry is portrayed by Kevin Grantz, a re enactor from St John’s Church.
This is a conversation about Richmonder, Edgar Allan Poe with Chris Semtner, the curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. In the conversation Poe becomes a human and not the caricature that most people know as Poe.