Richmond Confronts Past & Present

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.

When Richmond Felt Like Rehab

Jun 10, 2016



“My name is Victoria Matoska. I’m from Kenosha, Wisconsin. That’s where I lived the majority of my life.

“If you ever look at those—they always have them on Facebook—the maps of the U.S. and it’ll be a red dot for cities that have more bars than churches or more bars than grocery stores, and the area in Wisconsin that I was living in is just completely dotted in red.



Richmond's African Burial Ground Vandalized

Jun 8, 2016

Last week a team of designers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst held a series of community meetings in Richmond to discuss possibilities for a memorial park in and around Richmond’s African Burial Ground.

On Friday before a standing-room crowd at the Black History Museum, the team unveiled designs that include an interactive wall and a grove of about 30 lighted towers. But as Kelley Libby reports, the Burial Ground itself was vandalized over the weekend.

When a City Cared for Its People

May 27, 2016

“The vision I think that guides me forward, or what I’m kindof working towards, is this idea of a more just city. 


“When I was in college, I went to Italy to visit a friend, and I was blown away by the fact that in historic Rome their sidewalks were covered by colonnades. And it really dawned on me that to spend all the money on that infrastructure showed a great value of the citizenry of Rome, versus growing up in Richmond, where bus stops aren’t covered and people are sitting in the rain waiting for a bus, and that does not show an equal value for the citizens.

Richmond Hill is an ecumenical, residential Christian Community located in the historic monastery of the Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria on Church Hill in the center of Richmond. The mission of the Community is to pray and work for the transformation of the metropolitan city. Prayers are three times a day—at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. A bell rings to call the community to prayer.

Shola Walker lived at Richmond Hill when she was a teenager.