What can a plant teach us about Virginia history? On the Eastern Shore, residents rescued a lost fig tree that helps tell the story about a barrier island community forced to flee their home. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
College students tackled some big issues at Richmond’s first environmental hackathon. Teams developed prototypes to identify invasive species, reduce pollution with renewable energy and use moss to combat asthma and respiratory issues in low income areas.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Van Lew, the wealthy Richmond heiress who led one of the most successful Union spy rings of the Civil War. Her legacy has been interpreted through the works of journalists, historians and playwrights. Adding to the intrigue, is Mary Bowser, a woman enslaved by the Van Lew family, rumored to have carried out espionage in the Confederate White House. But as WCVE’s Peter Solomon reports for Virginia Currents, the truth of this story is elusive.
As the weather warms, one popular activity is the Virginia Capital Trail. Along the scenic route, “bike ambassadors” provide an important role - for frequent users and newcomers. WCVE’s Ian Stewart has more for Virginia Currents.
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