Richmond formed its first club football team in 1878, less than a decade after the first inter-collegiate game in America.
Pro football in Richmond dates back to the 1930’s, when the Richmond Rebels were part of the fabled Dixie Pro Football League, sometimes called the third of the three majors.
The world's most famous magician, Harry Houdini, performed in Richmond back in 1900. At that time, he was still an emerging artist on the vaudeville circuit, a step above his dime museum days but still a year or so away from becoming an international sensation.
Commentator Brooks Smith shares a story about the Old Dominion Barn Dance. In this “Rediscovering Richmond” segment, he tips a hat at its successor, the New Dominion Barn Dance, which featured “The Country Cavaliers,” an award-winning house band that also hosted a television show on Channel 8 (ABC) for many years. Though the new review did not have Sunshine Sue, it did have its share of visiting celebrities, including Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Buck Owens and Little Jimmy Dickens.
Charles Sidney Gilpin was a break-through stage actor – one of the first African American performers to transcend the racial barriers of the early 20th century. But his career is a gripping reminder of the dual threats of racial prejudice and economic hardship.
Commentator Brooks Smith is rediscovering Richmond's sports history. In this segment, he recalls the life and career of tennis great Arthur Ashe.
Commentator Thea Marshall pays tribute to those very first dreamers of the great American dream - the indentured servants of the early colonies. They came filled with hope for a better life. Scraps of letters written hundreds of years ago tell how (for some) those dreams turned to bitter nightmares.An indentured servant was a laborer under contract to an employer for a fixed period of time, typically three to seven years, in exchange for their transportation, food, clothing, lodging and other necessities.
Brooks Smith explores a former industrial area now a flourishing residential district.