Finding America: UnMonumental

UnMonumental is a weekly series about how we remember our past in Richmond. Stories air every Friday morning and afternoon.  

UnMonumental is produced by Kelley Libby and brought to you by WVTF/Radio IQ and Finding America, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated, and with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

 

Ways to Connect

When the Questions Were Not Surface Level

Jul 21, 2016

 

“We were the MTV generation, and so we were exploring music and pop culture with each other in ways that our parents didn’t. It was very common for basic culture questions that my black friends and I would get from our white friends, always about our hair or about how we celebrated particular events or holidays. So it was really touching on that kind of thing.

When a "Punk Kid" Connected With a Freedom Fighter

Jul 7, 2016

 

Josh Poteat is an award-winning poet whose work is inspired in part by Richmond’s past. In this excerpt of one of his poems, Poteat commemorates an enslaved blacksmith and freedom fighter named Gabriel who was born near Richmond. Gabriel was executed by hanging in 1800 after organizing a large slave revolt. He was pardoned by Governor Tim Kaine in 2007. In the second audio segment below, Poteat shares about his personal experience connecting with Gabriel and with punk music.

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When Photo Albums Connected a Father and Daughter

Jul 1, 2016

Jammie Jones owns a shop in Richmond called Pinup-ish that sells 1950s-inspired women's clothing. Pinup-ish is located in Shockoe Bottom, a part of the city where some businesses have struggled to stay afloat. In this week's segment, Jones shares about the inspiration behind her shop.

 

 

Some excerpts from the interview:

When a Restaurant Job was Divinely Ordered

Jun 23, 2016

Enjoli Moon is the founder and creative director of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, which is in its third year and which brings filmmakers to Richmond from all over the world. But Moon doesn't come from the filmmaking world. In this week's segment, she shares her memories of a Richmond restaurant that inspired her to create something new and different in the city.

 

 

Bill Harrison is the executive director of Diversity Richmond, which serves Central Virginia's LGBTQ communities. Harrison grew up in the small farming community of Emporia, Virginia and moved to Richmond as an adult. This week he led a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting, and here he shares about the significance of gay bars in Richmond.

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