There are hundreds of Civil War sites across Virginia and one of the latest to be preserved tells a unique story. Not far from Fredericksburg, the Stafford Civil War Park is where a major Union Army recuperated before a turning point in the war. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A year-long course at the University of Richmond gets students out of the classroom and into the historic Church Hill neighborhood. They’ve been studying gentrification and their work is culminating in a documentary drama to engage people on all sides of the issue. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
After the city of Richmond launched a community garden initiative, advocates discovered that many people had never grown their own food. To help residents succeed, the city offers free classes on urban agriculture. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Across Virginia, one of the most popular trees is the crepe myrtle. For months, shades of pink, purple and red light up medians and neighborhood streets. But there’s a controversy about how to take care of these beloved trees. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Fifty years ago, the US Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling banning poll taxes in all elections. The case was brought by Virginia voters who challenged the Jim Crow-era law as a violation of their constitutional rights. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Longtime Richmond resident Emily Kimball has a recipe for a fulfilling life - try new things and be open to failure. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp speaks to Kimball about her outdoor adventures, a new book and hers efforts to combat ageism.
A new book examines the early 20th Century execution of Virginia Christian, a black teen in Hampton Roads who killed her employer. Forsaken is a work of historical fiction and looks at this period of Virginia's past through the lens of a young reporter. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Petersburg has some of the worst health indicators in the state, including high rates of obesity, diabetes and premature deaths. A group of doctors are hoping to treat more people in need through free specialty clinics. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp reports.
Each year during Black History Month, youth from across Greater Richmond take the stage to honor the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A project of the Richmond Peace Education Center, “Generation Dream” showcases young talent and their vision for a more just world. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Learn More: Generation Dream will be performed Sunday, February 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Huguenot High School. More details at the Richmond Peace Education Center's website.
Richmond joins a growing number of cities seeing an increase in backyard chicken keeping. How do residents weave these feathery friends into their urban lives? A new exhibit at the Valentine museum examines the past and present of backyard chickens. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.