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This church, originally known Mount Olivet African Church of Baptist, was founded May 2, 1867. Its founding congregants, wanting their own church, moved from local North Run Baptist Church and began meeting on this 1.18 acres site.
The John Marshall House
The John Marshall House was the Richmond home of "the Great Chief Justice" from 1790 to 1835. The longest serving Chief Justice to date, Marshall was known as the "definer of the Constitution" and a shaper…
The Corps of Cadets established
at John Marshall High School
in 1915 was the first
military training program
in a public school in Virginia.
Dedicated to the thousands of
young men who wore the uniform
of the Corps of Cadets. This cadet
Coburn Hall was constructed in 1899 and named for Maine governor Abner Coburn. It held Virginia Union's original chapel and library collection. Many legendary pastors and scholars preached and lectured in Coburn Hall, including Dr. Martin Luther K…
In Apri of 1865, the American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS) sends teaches and missionaries to Richmond, VA to educate newly freed slaves and the work of Richmond Theological School for Freedmen begins.
Classes are held in several small l…
At this site, on August 1, 1973, officer Vernon L. Jarrelle responded to a robbery in progress. He was fatally wounded in a shoot out. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Jarrelle returned fire killing one of his assailants.
Two others were a…
1864 — Born July 15 to Elizabeth Draper and later works with her mother as a laundress to make ends meet
1883 — Graduates from Richmond Colored Normal School, teaches for three years before marrying Armstead Walker, Jr.
The Virginia General Assembly authorized a
state penitentiary in 1796 during a penal reform
movement aimed at rehabilitating convicts
through confinement and labor. Benjamin H.
Latrobe, who later designed the United States
Capitol, was the pr…
Richmond Hill was an early name for Church Hill.
Richard Adams, one of the most prominent men in
Richmond, built a house on this site by the 1790s,
and a second house, still standing, was constructed
here about 1810. William Taylor remodeled t…
The Henrico County town of Sydney, laid out
here in 1817, was slow to develop. Oregon Hill, a
working-class Richmond neighborhood just east
of Belvidere Street, expanded westward across
the county line to this area during the 1850s.