Lumpkin’s jail in Richmond was once the largest slave-trading facility outside of New Orleans. Known as the ‘Devil’s Half-Acre,’ it was sold to a Baptist minister in 1867 in hopes of establishing an all-black seminary…and would soon be referred to ‘God’s Half-Acre.’ That seminary laid the foundation for a school that thrives today - and, along with the conclusion of the Civil War, has just celebrated its 150th anniversary.
This week’s rain was good news for farmers and gardeners, but at the University of Mary Washington, it was a bit - upsetting. More than 80 students are living outside this week - in cardboard boxes and makeshift tents - learning how it might feel to be poor.
“We may need another tarp but we also need twine, and we need something to prop the middle of the tarp up.”
Elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning tests by narrow margins will have an opportunity to retake those tests this spring thanks to new regulations passed by the State Board of Education. The rules stem from a law that sailed through the General Assembly—but would not have taken effect until July 1st if the Board had not acted.
If you have a teenager who’s getting on your nerves - one who can’t stop texting - here’s an opportunity for both of you to take a break. The James River Association is offering high school students a chance to cruise for a week this summer - to learn about history, science, and life.
Thirty students will paddle three different sections of the James River for eight days -- beginning in the mountains on June 27th. Lead educator Kyle Burnett says the first team of ten will negotiate a series of rapids en route to Lynchburg, including Balcony Falls.