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Howitzer Monument on VCU Grounds Pulled Down Last Night

Last night in the rain, protesters decided they had enough of a Confederate monument on VCU grounds and tore down the Richmond Howitzer monument. Known by many current and former VCU students as variations of tampon man and Q-tip man.

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Last night in the rain, protesters decided they had enough of a Confederate monument on VCU grounds and tore down the Richmond Howitzer monument. Known by many current and former VCU students as variations of tampon man and Q-tip man.

The picture above is from Encyclopedia Virginia. It includes details on the sign you see in the foreground. It appears that this statue has had issues before.

The sculpture was unveiled on December 13, 1892, but this photograph of the monument was taken around 1900. A sign next to the statue, placed there at some unknown date, seems to indicate that the proper respect was not being shown by the local citizenry. The Richmond Howitzer Association has offered a $10 reward “for the arrest of any one throwing rocks into or trespassing on this park.”

You can find more information on the Richmond Howitzers also on Encylopedia Virginia.

Virginia Mercury has an excellent article on the white supremacist speech that was at the monument’s unveiling.

“Slavery in the South, unlike Oriental bondage, Roman servitude, and feudal villainage, was not the subjection of equals, differing only in opportunity, but the subordination of one extreme of humanity to the other; of the most abject to the most enlightened,” Leigh told the audience. “The real inequality of the races had made subordination prescriptive.”

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RVA Illuminates and Holiday Lights on the Riverfront Throw the Switch on Friday

It’s about to get a lot brighter downtown.

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In the past when downtown lit up for the holidays it was a big event downtown. Due to Covid-19 that big event is not happening. The main event RVA Illuminates is going virtual and can be seen on ABC 8 News this Friday with performances and music.

Venture Richmond is hosting its own event, Holiday Lights on the Riverfront on Brown’s Island and along the Canal Walk to Brown’s Island from 6-8 PM on Friday.

​When downtown RVA lights up for the holiday season, Brown’s Island and the Turning Basin on the Canal Walk will join in the cheer and help the City of Richmond kick off the season with Holiday Lights on the Riverfront, a display of decorative lights that is open and FREE to the public! Enjoy vendors Espresso-A-Go-Go and Curbside Creations and family entertainer Jonathan the Juggler on Brown’s Island or take a festive stroll along the Canal Walk to the Turning Basin. Presented by Venture Richmond. Please practice safe social distancing. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking along 2nd and 5th Streets.

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The Forest to Close “Temporarily” on Monday December 7th

The restaurant states that the new 10 PM shutdown cuts into to sales too much to keep it open.

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The local favorite located at 5057 Forest Hill Avenue posted the bad news on Facebook last night.

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UR’s Chief Information Officer Keith McIntosh wins national CIO excellence award

The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

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The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

Presented annually since 1998 by CapitalCIO, the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States, honoring chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.  

ORBIE award winners were selected for their exceptional leadership innovation, vision, and engagement in industry and community endeavors.

I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said McIntosh. “This is a testament to those around me. This includes my wonderful Information Services team who work tirelessly each and every day to provide outstanding services and support for our students, faculty, and staff.”

In his role as UR’s CIO since 2016, McIntosh is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic development of the university’s Information Services.

Prior to joining the University of Richmond, he was the associate vice president for Digital Instruction and Information Services and CIO at Ithaca College and vice chancellor for Information Technology and CIO at Pima County Community College District. He held progressive leadership and management positions within IT during his distinguished 24.5-year service in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Northern Iraq.

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