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City’s Urban Design Committee releases draft plan for removal of Confederate monument pedestals

We’re finally seeing details about what the city proposes to replace the empty Confederate monument pedestals around the city with.

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Save for the Robert E. Lee statue (owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia) and the A.P. Hill statue at Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue, the city’s Confederate monuments were largely all removed during the protests and social unrest supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. The granite pedestals, however, have remained.

That appears poised to change according to new documents released by the city’s Urban Design Committee Monday afternoon. The documents outline proposed plans, to go before City Council, to remove the pedestals and replace the bases with ornate landscaping or simply grass, depending on the case.

The released plans go into detail about the removal of pedestals that once featured Matthew Maury, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, J.E.B. Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee, Joseph Bryan, Williams Carter Wickham, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, two Confederate cannons, and A.P. Hill – under which his remains are buried. The case of A.P. Hill will, of course, require more due diligence and the reinternment of the remains elsewhere. In this case, the city says they are consulting the Department of Historic Resources and have been in contact with Hill’s descendants – and will respect their wishes.

Of note, the roundabouts where the J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Soldiers and Sailors, and A.P. Hill monuments are located will be removed entirely, as the city views them as safety hazards. In most other cases, the pedestals will be replaced by shrubbery and/or grass.

Broken down into individual project estimates ranging from $5,000 to almost $48,000, the city estimates a total cost of $232,870 to complete the removal of all pedestals.

There’s no word on whether funds for the removals would be sought in the city’s FY22 budget, which is currently under development.

View highlights below or download the entire file (PDF, 66 MB) here.

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Three Charged with Montvale Avenue Homicide and Aggravated Assault

At approximately 4:28 a.m. on April 7, officers were called to the 500 block of Montvale Avenue for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim, Vinshaun Johnson, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound unresponsive in the roadway.

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Richmond Police detectives have charged three suspects in connection with the April homicide and aggravated assault on Montvale Avenue.

Juhwaan Barnes, 19, of Richmond has been charged with murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Kevon Bynum, 19, of Richmond has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Justin Oliver, 18, of Richmond has been charged with murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At approximately 4:28 a.m. on April 7, officers were called to the 500 block of Montvale Avenue for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim, Vinshaun Johnson, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound unresponsive in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second victim, a juvenile male in his late teens, also suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital with an injury that was not considered life threatening.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offering first responders free tickets to game June 13th

The last 15 months have been very traumatic, yet first responders have stood up to every challenge,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now it is our turn to honor them on June 13 and collectively, as a community, say ‘thank you.’”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will host First Responders Day, presented by the Brad Clark Memorial Fund, at The Diamond on Sunday, June 13th.

Active-duty police, firefighters, and EMS from the cities and counties throughout Central Virginia are eligible to receive two complimentary General Admission tickets to the game against the Harrisburg Senators, based on availability. Eligible first responders simply need to show their ID or badge to receive the tickets. Advanced redemption is strongly encouraged.

Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Flying Squirrels offices or at the ticket booth on the day of the game.

The last 15 months have been very traumatic, yet first responders have stood up to every challenge,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now it is our turn to honor them on June 13 and collectively, as a community, say ‘thank you.’”

The Brad Clark Memorial Fund was established in memory of Hanover County Fire Lt. Brad Clark, who was killed in the line of duty in 2018.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The ballpark gates open at noon. Kids 14 and younger can run the bases following the game presented by Richmond Family Magazine.

The Diamond has returned to full capacity and tickets are available for upcoming Flying Squirrels games at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-3866 or at the Flying Squirrels offices.

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Richmond SPCA invites fundraisers to go Over The Edge of 600 Canal Place to help homeless animals

Animal lovers in Richmond go to great lengths to support the lifesaving services provided by the Richmond SPCA, and in August they will have the chance to go to new heights. The local nonprofit is inviting those who raise $1,000 for animals in need to rappel 20 stories down the face of a skyscraper in downtown Richmond.

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Animal lovers in Richmond go to great lengths to support the lifesaving services provided by the Richmond SPCA, and in August they will have the chance to go to new heights. The local nonprofit is inviting those who raise $1,000 for animals in need to rappel 20 stories down the face of a skyscraper in downtown Richmond.

Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA is presented by Dominion Energy at 600 Canal Place, the second-highest office building in the city’s skyline. The funds raised will help the Richmond SPCA deliver programs that include sheltering, adoption, low-cost veterinary care and humane education.

“Animals in our care depend on the kindness of strangers for their comfort, care and veterinary treatment,” Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry said. “By fundraising to go Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA, you’ll have the very best view of the River City while making a lifesaving impact on our dogs and cats.”

“Dominion Energy is proud to host this year’s Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA at 600 Canal Place,” Michael Frederick, Dominion Energy senior vice president of administrative services said. “You’re rappelling 335 feet to benefit lifesaving programs and services for homeless pets as well as pets owned by families in need. Please join us in August to support these worthwhile efforts and to go Over The Edge.”

Only 76 spots are available to rappel and will be reserved for those who first reach the $1,000 fundraising minimum. Participants each get a personal fundraising page to help them reach their goals to qualify. Visit the event website, support.richmondspca.org/overtheedge, to learn more, to register or to support one of the 16 hopeful rappellers who have already signed up.

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