COVID-19 Pandemic

Shelter in Place until June 10: Governor Northam announcement today extends the "stay at home" mandate through the spring.

Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Carry sanitizer. Stay home or away from group events. Check on family, friends or neighbors who live alone. Stock up on food and necessities, but not at the expense of your neighbors. (The only reason there is a TP shortage is because people have bought far more than they need now)

Check the CDC website for national updates on the pandemic. The Virginia Department of Health site includes the Richmond Department of Health updates.

Facing hunger or homelessness? Download Homeward's Street Sheet for the Richmond Region. Visit for Street Sheets for the surrounding counties.

Call 211 or visit for regional human services information.



March 4 - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon: Ashby Anderson, jazz pianist, composer and founder of the Muse Creative Workspace in Shockoe Bottom discusses the making of the Richmond History Suite and the role of music in struggle, memory and place-making.

March 11 - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon: Gregg Kimball, author/historian and director of public education at the Library of Virginia launches Pinning Gabriel - an online interactive tool to follow the history through images and places involved in the rebellion. Phil Schwarz, Virginia historian/author of new book Gabriel's Conspiracy: A Document History.

March 13 - BOOK DISCUSSION: Gabriel's Conspiracy: Exploring Richmond's Slave Rebellion of 1800, a book event with Dr. Philip J. Schwarz, author of Gabriel's Conspiracy: A Document History, and Dr. Michael Nicholls, author of Whispers of Rebellion: Narrating Gabriel's Conspiracy, both published in 2012. Moderated by Omilade Janine Bell, founder/artistic director of the Elegba Folklore Society and Cultural Center, member of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission. Event registration at

March 18 - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon

March 25 - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon

April 1 - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon

April 3 - LIBERATION DAY: CELEBRATION, African Ancestral Chamber

April 8 - - DefendersLIVE on WRIR 97.3 fm - Noon

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