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Charles Fishburne

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Charles Fishburne is a correspondent for WCVE Public Radio. He brings over 40 years experience as a broadcast journalist and news executive in Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York. Charles was also a long-time television news anchor and news director in Richmond.

Articles by Charles Fishburne

Activists Want Cycling Championship to Avoid Monument Avenue

Activists who battled a ballpark in Richmond’s former slave-trading center are now taking aim at the route of the upcoming World Road Cycling Championship in Richmond.

Fans from around the world are anticipated for the races in September which will include a stretch down Monument Avenue, and they say that’s a problem.

These same activists say Monument is a “virtual shrine to the Confederacy,” featuring towering statues of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, among other, and they want the route changed.

Beach Police Crack Down On Illegal Shark Fishing

Police in Virginia  Beach are cracking down on fishing for sharks along the beach after three recent attacks along the North Carolina Coast and a siting in Virginia waters.

Fishing for sharks along the beach is illegal because it draws them in closer to where people are in the water. Also, the hot weather has driven baitfish closer to shore, with the predators in pursuit, and Virginia Beach charter captains say they are seeing more sharks.

A large shark was spotted in waist-deep water yesterday morning (6/23) off 73rd street.

Richmond Railroad Museum To Hold 100th Anniversary Gala

In 1915, the Southern Railway opened a new passenger station in Richmond at 102 Hull Street, now home to the Richmond Railroad Museum, and next month, they’ll be celebrating with a party, to which you are invited.

It was on this very line that Jefferson Davis ran from Richmond with Union soldiers in hot pursuit.

Steve Tarrant is a Director of the Richmond Railway Museum, which on Saturday, July 18th will open its doors to a 100th anniversary party.

Virginia Recognizes Pocahontas Island With Historical Marker

Virginia is recognizing a thriving African-American neighborhood in Petersburg with a state historical marker.

Petersburg Celebrated its second Juneteenth Freedom Festival over the weekend, beginning Friday on the 150th anniversary of June 19th, 1865, considered by many as the date when the last slaves were officially freed in America.

Activists Battling Shockoe Bottom Ball Park To Reveal “Alternate Plan”

Activists battling the development of a baseball stadium in Richmond’s former slave-trading center say they have a better idea. 

They say they will reveal details today (6/19) on what they say is a plan that would block any future attempt to build a ballpark in the city’s historic Shockoe Bottom.

Ana Edwards of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project says she will also discuss a proper memorial for tens of thousands of enslaved people who passed through the slave-trading center.

Richmond Police Arrest White Man Threatening Black Congregation

Richmond police have arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a Southside church. 

It happened just two days after the incident in Charleston, S.C. The story has just been posted nationally on Reuters News, quoting Bishop Oren Pullings as saying, “All I know is he had a weapon in his hand, banging on the glass.” The man then started to yell racial slurs.

Reuters said it was unable to contact Richmond police.

NASA Reaching Out To Middle School Girls and Boys For Free Summer Mentoring Program

NASA is recruiting middle school girls and boys for an on-line summer mentorship program beginning next month that offers a rare opportunity to get a taste of technology, science and space. And as Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE tells us in this Science Matters report, it has generated quite a bit of excitement. Click to download an information flyer (PDF).