It’s impossible to walk up to the Lee Monument and not feel emotions. It is a living, constantly changing community art project that is a reflection of the times we are living in.
Over the past several months, activists have transformed the base of the sculpture instead, covering the marble and granite with the names of victims of police violence, protest chants, calls for compassion, revolutionary symbols and anti-police slogans in dozens of colors. New phrases continually appear, adding to the kaleidoscopic display of communal, collective action. People who once avoided the statue now make pilgrimages to see what has become an emblem of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as a newly diverse public gathering space. The statue and its surrounding lawn are now the site of barbecues, music and dance performances, family get-togethers, voter registration tents, photo shoots, board games, basketball hoops and religious services, as well as ongoing demonstrations, encampments and candlelight vigils.
See some of our photos of the Lee Monument here, here, and here. Photos of other confederate monuments coming down Jackson here, Soldiers and Sailors here, Jefferson Davis here, and Stuart here (Skater Protest at Stuart).
The fate of the monument is still in the air. There is an excellent thread here that summarizes where we’re at when it comes to Lee’s removal.
Flower Delivery by GWAR’s JiZMak Da Gusha is Terrifyingly Awesome
Nicola Flora has for a limited time a special delivery person (delivery demon, delivery thing).
Originally spotted on rva/Reddit is the news that will be sure to brighten that special someone in your life. Sure it will cost you $100 bucks but how many people in this world can say they got flowers from a dog-headed drummer?
ATTENTION SCUMDOGS OF RICHMOND!!!!
Has your quarantine been as pitiful and pathetic as your meaningless existence?
If so, then we have just the thing to add some much-needed excitement (and possibly some terror) to your day!
For a limited time only, GWAR’s infamous dog-headed drummer JiZMak Da Gusha is delivering flowers on behalf of Nicola Flora. (He really needs the money.)
This special delivery service starts at $100 and includes a designer’s choice floral arrangement, delivery and photos with JiZMak.
Please include any messages you would like JiZMak to yell at your unfortunate flower victim on your behalf.
Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year
You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.
Halloween Howl has been a long standing annual tradition in Forest Hill Park, bringing our community together with dogs and their people to benefit Friends of Forest Hill Park and Ring Dog Rescue. The Howl has included dog/owner games, best pet trick competition, costume parade and refreshments. Ring Dog Rescue participated with their adoptable dogs, and CritterTown BathHouse provided a Pooch Pad as well as free nail clipping for a donation to Ring Dog Rescue. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior, Middle and High School park volunteers, judged the events and awarded prizes. This year due to COVID health concerns, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Jacob Lee, has created a virtual event page for our event so we can continue to host it this year! We greatly appreciate Jacob’s time and talent!
For more information on Ring Dog Rescue go to ringdogrescue.org.
For more information on Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Junior Group go to friendsofforesthillpark.org
Please register for the Halloween Howl event below. We hope you will consider making a donation as well. Half of the donations will go to Ring Dog Rescue and and the other half to Friends of Forest Hill Park.
Upload a picture of your dog in his/her costume or a short video of your pet’s best trick by Saturday, October 24th at Noon. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior will Judge the following categories, and prizes will be awarded:
- Best Pet Trick
- Best Dog/Owner Duo
- Best Costume Overall
- Cutest Costume
- Scariest Costume
- Judges Choice
You will be notified by email Sunday, October 25th, and winners will be posted on this site. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy until we can resume our live event in the park!
Suspect Sought in Theft from Broad Street Building
It’s not stated by RPD but based on Tweets earlier this week we believe this is Mayor Stoney’s re-election headquarters.
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is suspected of stealing from a building on West Broad Street on Monday.
During the early morning hours on Monday, October 12, the suspect entered the building in the 2600 block of W. Broad Street and stole a large television from the common area. The suspect was last seen heading west on Broad Street with the TV.
Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K.L. Robinson at (804) 646-6820 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.