Richmond history

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This story was originally published  Jan. 30, 2018. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Imogene Draper's and Martha Rollins' friendship RADIO IQ is re-airing the story.


This year marks 50 years since Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. The law made it possible for people of color to buy homes in any neighborhood they wanted. Before the law, neighborhoods often had covenants restricting sales to white families.

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In his most recent budget proposal, Governor Ralph Northam slated millions in new funding to help better tell the story of black Virginians, including support for a slavery heritage site in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. A recent report found that investment could pay off.  




In the middle of downtown Richmond, right next to the soaring overpass of Interstate 95, is history hidden in plain sight. 


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In 1960 a group of teenagers from Virginia Union University staged a sit-in at a downtown Richmond department store. Thirty-four of them were arrested. The group was honored Friday and some had their records finally expunged.