One of Richmond’s historic institutions is marking its 150th anniversary. Virginia Union University’s origins trace back to April 1865 when a small group of educators began holding classes for former slaves. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp explores some of the school’s early history.
At a recent VUU 150th Anniversary Event, Telling Our Story, historians and students read from the institution’s historical documents. One selection was an oration written by Charles Lee Purce in 1883 and delivered upon his graduation from the Richmond Institute.
Across the US, most people get to work using motorized vehicles. But US Census data shows an increasing number are commuting by bike, growing 61% since 2000. Many cities, including Richmond, are working to make the streets more friendly to residents who have incorporated bikes into their everyday lives. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A growing interest in fresh, locally grown food has put a spotlight on Virginia’s small farmers. On today’s Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp takes you to Casselmonte Farm in Powhatan where one couple is focusing on “bringing taste back to the table.”
Over the last few years, dozens of artists have created hundreds of murals throughout the city of Richmond. Growing support for street art has come from residents, city leaders and businesses and follows changing perceptions about the use of public spaces. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
At this year’s Richmond Folk Festival, spectators have the chance to hear Tibetan opera, Dominican merengue and Native American hip-hop. Virginia’s rich cultural heritage will also be celebrated, including those continuing the tradition of hand-crafted instruments. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you to the workshop of one of those artisans, violin maker Don Leister.
Cities across the country are realizing the social, environmental and economic benefits of increasing green space. Cost and bureaucracy can hinder these projects, but a new initiative in Richmond seeks to bring together existing resources and empower residents to improve their own neighborhoods. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
After months of work, Richmond residents celebrated the opening of a bike park located in Fairfield Court, one of the city’s public housing projects. An initiative of the Richmond Cycling Corps, the trail is the new practice site for the Armstrong High School Cycling Team and a public asset for the larger neighborhood. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Three years ago, members of the Richmond community came together in advance of a complicated surgery at Children’s Hospital to separate conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic. The unique collaboration is featured in a new exhibit exploring the intersection of medicine and the arts. Virginia Current’s producer Catherine Komp has more.
Urbanna, Virginia just welcomed home the Mitchell Map, created more than 250 years ago and depicting a large portion of Eastern North America. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you the story of how this small waterfront town acquired the historic map and the complex process to restore it.
Learn more: Find out about Urbanna's history and the Scottish Factor/Old Tobacco Warehouse where the restored Mitchell Map is now on display.