Jerel C. Wilmore 
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Jerel C. ("J.C.") Wilmore is a lawyer, writer, and photographer living in Fredericksburg, Virginia.



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Re: “Style Weekly Announces New Editor

This is great news. Jack will do fantastic work at Style.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 09/06/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe: "Take Down These Monuments."

The statues should all go to the Museum of the Confederacy for part of their exhibit: "Art of the Lost Cause and Jim Crow Era."

They can be replaced on Monument Avenue with statues of Virginians who remained loyal to the Union.

Here are some of the individuals and groups I would like to see commemorated with Richmond monuments in the coming years:

The U.S. Colored Troops--or "USCT"--should have a monument in Richmond. A total of 5,723 Virginians of African American descent served in the USCT: more than New Jersey, New York or even Massachusetts.

Born in Fairfax, Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee was a third cousin of Robert E. Lee. Rear Admiral Lee stayed loyal to the United States and led Union naval forces in the the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the inland waters of Virginia, and on the Mississippi River.

Major General George H. Thomas ("The Rock of Chickamauga") was a native of Southampton County, Virginia. He stayed loyal to the United States and rose to become one of the Union's most effective Army commanders.

Elizabeth Van Lew was a wealthy Richmonder who stayed loyal to the United States. She spent her entire inheritance freeing slaves and running a Union spy ring in Richmond during the Civil War. One of her agents even managed to penetrate the Confederate White House.

Former Congressman John Minor Botts refused to go along with secession and was imprisoned without trial for his opposition by the Confederate government. His grave marker in Hollywood Cemetery reads: "He was under all circumstances an inflexible friend of the American Union. 'I know no North, no South, no East, no West. I know only my Country, my whole Country, and nothing but my Country.'"

These monuments could be added to Monument Avenue. Only after we as Virginians and Richmonders begin to honor Virginia's Unionists for their loyalty and fidelity to the United States can we truly claim to have left the 19th century behind.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 08/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “PHOTOS: Monument Avenue Commission Meeting Brings Out Heated Discourse in Richmond

I'm willing to bet that the neo-Confederates in these pictures (and comments) aren't actual residents of Richmond, Virginia.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 08/15/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Community Reacts to Administration’s Plans to Keep Students in George Mason Elementary School

How about converting the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center into a new home for Franklin Military Academy? Then you could house the George Mason students at Franklin's current home while a new George Mason is built.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 08/08/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Community Reacts to Administration’s Plans to Keep Students in George Mason Elementary School

Same old, same old. They'll piss away the taxpayers' money on repairs to a building that is too far gone to be repaired. The contractors must love getting paid to rebuild the same buildings over, and over, and over again.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 08/01/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Challenges of Local Investment

Can Style point to any potentially profitable businesses run by women or minorities that are in need of capital investment? Style helped promote and raise the profiles of at least one of the companies in this article, which no doubt helped that business gain investments.

Instead of implying racism in others, Style would do well to pluck the beam from its own eye and do more to promote and publicize businesses owned by women and minorities, especially businesses that are scalable and potentially in need of capital investment.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 07/12/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Dominion's Chief Executive Wants to Redevelop the Richmond Coliseum

I suspect Mr. Farrell plans to work through the state university system. Just as John Paul Jones is part of UVA under Farrell's leadership, RVA's new coliseum--if it happens--might be part of VCU.

Not sure how I feel about it if my hunch is true.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 06/30/2017 at 12:04 PM

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