LEGACY SHOW: Historic Civil Rights Sites in Richmond, Virginia

LEGACY SHOW: Historic Civil Rights Sites in Richmond, Virginia

Civil Rigths Memorial.Richmond. Ron Cogwells

Aired on February 25, 2009

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel’n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Travel’n On will head to Richmond, Virginia to visit the city’s Civil Rights sites along the heritage trail.

With the slave uprising led by Gabriel Prosser, the streetcar boycott of 1904, the founding of the Southern Negro Youth Congress in 1935, and the historic desegregation cases argued before the Supreme Court by Oliver Hill, Spottiswood Robinson, and Henry Marsh, Richmond is a city with a rich civil rights history. While Monument Avenue, with its enormous bronze monuments of Confederate generals, continues to lure tourists to Richmond, this past is usually ignored. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) actually filed more lawsuits in Virginia than in any other state, therefore many of the most significant legal milestones of the civil rights struggle were established here.

The locations where they picketed, were arrested, fought their legal fights, and desegregated schools are still unmarked, and the local heroes of the civil rights movement—both celebrated and unsung—rarely receive attention.

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