Race & Remembrance

No more Confederate flags at Hollywood Cemetery

BY: - July 12, 2022

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, a longtime shrine of the South and home to thousands of Confederate graves, has quietly banned the flying of Confederate flags. Visitors first noticed the absence of the flags in summer 2020, when anti-racism protests rocking Richmond and much of the U.S. often targeted rebel symbols. Two people familiar with the […]


Why the voices of descendants of the enslaved at historic sites matter

BY: - June 2, 2022

By Stephen P. Hanna, Amy Potter and Derek H. Alderman On May 17, after weeks of negative stories on Montpelier in the national press, the foundation that operates the Virginia plantation home of James Madison finally made good on its promise to share authority with descendants of people enslaved by the man known as “the father” of […]

Remembrance and a warning from Hyannis

BY: - May 30, 2022

Past the oft-imminent tears threatening my face at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum …  Past the solemness and respect owed to a family that lost three men in service to America – in a wartime explosion and two assassinations that altered U.S. history … And past the images of JFK, toting around a gaggle […]

Federal commission recommends new names for military bases named for Confederates

BY: - May 24, 2022

A commission tasked with coming up with new names for military bases christened for Confederate leaders, including three in Virginia, has released its recommendations. The commission, created by the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 and made up of eight volunteers selected by the U.S. secretary of defense and Congress, recommends new names for Fort […]

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site to Virginia and other states

BY: - April 27, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and the […]


Despite denouncing racist Hampton official, GOP’s actions have long alienated Black voters

BY: - April 14, 2022

It’s no revelation that many African Americans, in Virginia and nationwide, view the Republican Party as hostile to their aspirations and well-being. The news that a GOP electoral official in Hampton Roads hurled a racial slur at two Black military veterans, and blithely suggested a return to “a good public lynching,” reinforce the view of […]


The Emmett Till Antilynching Act doesn’t change the law very much. That’s OK.

BY: - April 6, 2022

By Cullen Seltzer After more than a century of trying, a federal anti-lynching act was signed into law yesterday.  The good news is that the country, with passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, is at long last on record opposing lynching. There have been thousands of lynching victims.  There are countless thousands more who’ve […]

Rappahannock Tribe celebrates return of Fones Cliffs acreage

BY: - April 4, 2022

Some dreams take generations to accomplish, as was the case when the Rappahannock Tribe celebrated the return of more than 400 acres of their tribal homeland Friday. The tribe has endured centuries of displacement stemming back to 1608 when English explorer John Smith made his first voyage up the Rappahannock River. “We know that the […]

Rules for ‘recontextualizing’ Virginia’s Confederate statues delayed after opponents object

BY: - March 31, 2022

Under Virginia’s regulatory process, “fast-tracking” can be a relative term. Two years after Virginia lawmakers voted to give local government power to remove or modify Confederate monuments, state officials chose the fast track to finalize regulations on who gets the final say on the historical accuracy of any modifications to those statues. Those pending rules, […]

Biden signs law named for Emmett Till that makes lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Nearly 70 years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi by two White men, President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime. “Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone belongs in America,” Biden said at  the Rose […]

Water authority abandons plans to site pump station at Rassawek

BY: - March 16, 2022

A water intake and pump station will no longer be built at the site of the former Monacan Indian Nation capital known as Rassawek after a unanimous vote by the James River Water Authority Tuesday to begin seeking permits and approvals for an alternative location. The decision brings to an end a multiyear-long dispute between […]


Governor’s racial miscue could’ve been ignored but for his campaign rhetoric

BY: - February 16, 2022

Teeth-grinding annoyance. That’s what comes to mind as I ruminate over Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s gaffe last week, after he mixed up the identities of two African-American female senators. Since there are only three – three! – in the 40-member Senate, the odds were in his favor of getting it right.  Maybe he shouldn’t gamble. Sen. […]