Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Maggie Walker Says No To Statue of Herself - Wants the City of Richmond to Buy and Clean Up Evergreen Cemetery Where She is Buried.

Maggie Walker Says No To Statue of Herself - She Wants the City of Richmond to Buy and Clean Up Evergreen Cemetery Where She is Buried.  THAT would be honoring her.

- Ray

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cancel the statue for Maggie Walker - Clean and Maintain her Grave Instead!



http://wtvr.com/2016/05/23/historic-richmond-cemetery-where-maggie-walker-is-buried-in-disrepair/
The Shockoe Examiner has written previously about Evergreen Cemetery.  It is a mess despite efforts the last 10 years or so of dedicated Richmonders to clean and maintain it.  The City of Richmond needs to STOP the planning and construction of the proposed Maggie Walker Statue (something she would be against anyway) and BUY the Evergreen Cemetery and make it a safe, clean space for Richmonders.

Read more about the cemetery's history and what people are doing today to clean it Here. 


- Ray

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Layton's Studio photographs,, Richmond, Virginia, 1926.

This photograph proof (and the second one below) were sent through the mail in June of 1926 from the Layton's Studio photographers of 507 E. Broad Street to a Mrs. N. Blakemore of 15 E. Grace Street - about 5 blocks away. Nine decades later they ended up for sale on Ebay and I purchased them for a very modest sum. 

This is one of two images sent to  Mrs. N. Blakemore.




Front of the envelope - mailed June 1926 - nearly 90 years ago.


Back of the envelope.

I love their motto:
"IF YOU HAVE BEAUTY, WE TAKE IT.
IF NOT, WE MAKE IT."

- Ray

Friday, May 6, 2016

Black History Museum Reopens in Historic Armory Today.

After years of preparations, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center is re-opening in the Leigh Street Armory. The building has more than a century of history in Richmond, including a decades-long effort to save it.  

Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp reports on the armory which includes an interview with Selden Richardson, Shockoe Examiner editor and a long time activist in helping to save this unique American building.  Read the article HERE.


Find out more about the Black History Museum and Cultural Center. Grand opening events include poetry and music 7:00-9:00 pm, Friday May 6th and free admission 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday May 7th. Regular hours begin Tuesday May 10th.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bijou Leap of Faith Party on April 16, 5-9 p.m. at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery


Celebrate at the Bijou Leap of Faith Party on April 16, 5-9 p.m. at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

On April 16, 2016, 5-9 p.m., the Bijou Film Center (coming to Richmond soon to Downtown Richmond) will hold a party to celebrate the Westhampton gift and the success of its first fundraising campaign.

This is a free event and all are welcome, but especially Bijou's Founding Members! Members are invited to stop by to pick up your swag, meet other Bijou members, and enjoy great live music, beer and food trucks at Hardywood Brewery, one of Richmond's best music venues. And bring friends — they can become founding members at the party! Lineup includes: Grass Panther, Big Boss Combo, The Green Hearts, DJ Carlito, Emcee Chuck Wrenn, Super 8 cartoons courtesy of Shane Brown, and much more!

To Learn more at the Richmond Bijou Film Center coming to downtown Richmond soon
click HERE


- Ray