Residents of Richmond’s Historic Fulton neighborhood were honored with street signs today, nearly 50 years after the city demolished the predominantly Black neighborhood.
The signs recognize the late Earl A. Robinson and Spencer E. Jones III.
“Fulton, historic Fulton! That Fulton you knew, ain’t no more!”
Jones and Robinson worked to keep the history and fabric of Fulton intact after the City destroyed at least 850 homes, businesses and churches during urban renewal in the 1970s.
“He’s here with me, that’s for sure,” said Robinson’s son, Earl Washington. “This sign right here is bigger than him, this is about us as a community.”
Residents have spent years try to establish a small memorial park at the same intersection. The City has yet to break ground.
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