Thursday, December 1, 2016

T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge Opens December 1, 2016.

Tyler Potterfield, Richmond city planner, historian, and author, was one of the co-founders of this blog on Richmond history. He gave the site its name. He was a friend to both Selden and I and we, as do all his friends and family, still miss him. -  Ray.

Richmond city officials announced Wednesday that a pedestrian bridge linking Brown’s Island and Manchester is set to open Friday evening.

from Richmond.Com/Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:30 pm

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge will open during downtown’s Grand Illumination, officials said.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and other city officials are expected to attend the official unveiling at 6 p.m. at the northern end of the bridge on Brown’s Island.

The wheelchair-accessible bridge over the James River is proposed to be open 24 hours a day, officials said. It spans about one-third of a mile and includes the “Three Days in April” overlook on Brown’s Island.

Tammy Hawley, the mayor’s press secretary, said it cost the city $11.3 million to build the bridge. Located at the site of a early 20th century dam, the path for pedestrians and cyclists partially uses existing concrete piers and steel infrastructure in the river.

Construction started in October 2015 and was performed by Howard Schockey & Sons Inc.
Hawley described the Potterfield bridge as part of Jones’ legacy [How bogus - the idea belongs to Tyler!]. It was considered a top priority in the city’s Riverfront Plan, which includes several projects that would cost millions of dollars to complete.

“This is the first real complete project of the overall Riverfront Plan,” Hawley said.
The bridge is named for the late T. Tyler Potterfield, a senior planner in the Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review who was the project manager for the bridge.

According to the ordinance that named the bridge in his memory, Potterfield first began work in Richmond in 1991. He went on to serve as secretary to the Commission of Architectural Review, secretary to the Urban Design Committee and contributed to the development and adoption of the Riverfront Plan.

“He had a great love for the city and a lot of its history and architecture,” Hawley said. “It just seemed like a natural memorial to him.”
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

James E. Jackson, Jr. - Richmond born Civil Rights activist.

James E. Jackson Jr., (1914-2007) a civil rights activist, former official of the American Communist Party and defendant in a case that led the Supreme Court to rule that the Smith Act of 1940 did not prohibit the advocacy of violent revolution, was a Richmond native.  I just came across this very nice feature article by Samantha Willis about him published in the June 28, 2016 issue of Richmond Magazine

There is also an obit from the New York Times.  This is an "appreciation" from the online of the Communist Part  by Jarvis Tyner and Sam Webb. 

- Ray.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Richmond from Manchester - stereoview by D.H. Anderson, Richmond, Virginia, 1870s.

This stereoview card by D. H. Anderson of Richmond, Virginia is currently for sale on Ebay.  The view of Richmond is looking across the James river from Manchester. Great image.

- Ray

Richmond Planet images from Library of Congress ca 1899

From the American Memory website of the Library of Congress I noticed some time ago that they had these three images associated with the Richmond Planet, the most successful African American newspaper in Richmond of the late 19th and early 20th century.  It ran from 1883 to 1938.  The image above is labeled as "People posed on porch of and in the Planet newspaper publishing house, Richmond, Virginia" and given the date ca. 1899.

The image above is labeled on the Library of Congress site
as "Composing room of the Planet newspaper, Richmond, Virginia" ca. 1899.

 The third and last image from the Library of Congress website of Richmond Planet
images is labeled by them as "Press room of the Planet newspaper, Richmond, Virginia" ca. 1899. 
 - Ray

Monday, August 8, 2016

Richmond Planet invoice, 100 years ago tomorrow, August 9, 1916.

Saw this on Ebay - can't buy every neat thing that pops up there but some things are worth sharing.  This invoice is dated August 9, 1916. It appears to be a large printing order by the National Ideal Benefit Society of Richmond, Virginia - an African American insurance company connected to the United Order of True Reformer. The Richmond Planet was the most successful African American newspaper in Richmond - the editor John Mitchell, Jr.  It's very odd that I found this on Ebay a day before its 100 year birthday. 

Here's the reverse of the document:

- Ray.