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Richmond’s Slave District Recreated in 3D

Researchers at the University of Richmond have created a 3D map of the city’s slave district in 1853. Part of the Library of Virginia’s “To Be Sold” exhibit, the map traces the steps of a British artist whose experience in Richmond led to abolitionist sketches, essays and paintings. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: View the University of Richmond's 3D animated map and other projects created by the Digital Scholarship Lab.

After Cancer Diagnosis, Family Caregivers Provide Essential Support

An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. As patients face diagnosis, treatment and recovery, family members will provide much of the care and support that’s needed. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.

Movement Grows to Save Virginia’s Rosenwald Schools

In the early 20th Century, nearly 5,000 “Rosenwald” schools were built across the South to educate African Americans. While many of the structures have disappeared, communities across Virginia are coming together to document this history and preserve the buildings that remain. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Richmond’s Community Print Shop Prepares for Expansion

Many artists face the challenge of finding affordable space and tools to carry out their work. Evolving to meet some of those needs is Studio Two Three, Richmond’s community print shop, which provides low-cost studio space and affordable classes. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Follow Studio Two Three on Facebook and find out about their expansion, events, classes and using the studio on their website.

Made in Church Hill: Curated by Community

A new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center explores the changing identity of Church Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. As Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents, the exhibit was created through a unique collaboration between students, residents, artists and educators.

Learn More: See photos and listen to more oral histories from the Made in Church Hill project at the Valentine Richmond History Center.

Advocates Seek More Mentors for Virginia Youth

January is National Mentoring Month, an initiative that raises awareness about the positive impact of mentoring. One of the largest mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has connected youth with positive role models for decades. But in many parts of the country, including Central Virginia, there’s not enough mentors to meet the community’s needs. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

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