2/17/21

Sacred Ground chair gives Sen Warner tour of Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park sites

Sen. Warner tours former Richmond slave jail during black history month. by Roberto Roldan, Virginia Public Media. Feb. 16, 2021

Senator Warner offers financial support to memorialize Richmond's Slave Trail during morning tour. by by: Talya Cunningham, ABC 8News. Feb.16, 2021

Watch Now: Warner says federal funding could be available for slave heritage museum in Shockoe. by Chris Suarez, Richmond Times Dispatch. Feb. 16, 2021


In other news: 

  1. The parcels of privately owned land that contain the last remnants of the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground, 1305 N. 5th Street, will be sold at the city's tax sale today at 2 pm.
  2. The Valentine Studio Project is an overhaul and re-imagining of the Edward Valentine's studio--the place where Valentine sculpted many 19th and early 20th century public art supporting white supremacy and the Southern post-civil war Lost Cause ideology. The planning committee includes project coordinator Christina Vida (Valentine curator), historian Julian Hayter (University of Richmond), cultural writer Josh Epperson (joshepperson.com), descendant Will Valentine, and SGP chair Ana Edwards. This piece by NBC12's Kelly Avellino is very good description of the project.
  3. A new friend shared this story, published in USA Today: She was the first Black person freed by Lincoln, long before his presidency. Her grave was paved over and her story hardly known. by PHIL LUCIANO | JOURNAL STAR | February 8, 2021

1/26/21

A remarkable open letter by a musician, educator, defacto curator of memorials at MDPCircle

OPEN LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

"We are curious to hear how a museum can operate in this space. Your goals are preservation, while our goals are progress. Can these two efforts overlap? You will want artifacts to remain unchanged so that they can be catalogued and have monetary value assigned to them. We celebrate change. We love how the plinth changes almost daily. We love that we cannot predict what artists, or musicians will appear and spontaneously make music."

https://monumentalmemorials.blogspot.com/2021/01/open-letter-to-director-of-virginia.html?fbclid=IwAR0KfglRr0nZlNc9wA6auQX9mJLh6GrLRIh_8vsXh_rSjm58l8HVoCn8c8Y