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Pickford Hall was named in honor of former Board of Trustees member C.J
Pickford. The building was the original classroom building and would later contain
the "Old Pie Shop,"
the first student "hangout" on campus. The first …
Erected to the imperishable memory of the valiant fallen of the First Regiment of Virginia Infantry who through seven American wars endured hardships with patience, met defeat with constant courage, did not vaunt their victories and steadfastly ke…
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…
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.
Wilfred Cutshaw graduated from the Virginia
Military Institute in 1858 and served as a
lieutenant colonel of artillery in the Confederate
army. As Richmond's city engineer (1873-1907),
he instituted an innovative system of civic
Charles Sidney Gilpin grew up here in Jackson
Ward. He apprenticed in the Richmond Planet
print shop before beginning his theater career
and becoming one of the most highly regarded
actors of the 1920s. Gilpin is best known for
his title role…