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: “Mayor Stoney Announces a Commission on Monument Avenue Statues

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 or, perhaps more appropriately, they could be displayed in their own "Union Square" or "Union Park."

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 06/22/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “$6.8 Million Monroe Park Renovations Continue Despite Controversy

They are homeless, not "parkless." Richmond needs to house the homeless, not "park" them in parks.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 06/15/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Proposed Tax Increases Draw Arts Groups, Musicians and Cigarette Vendors

They should cut the admissions tax, not raise it. The city ought to be removing obstacles from the creative class, not creating them.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 04/26/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Charlottesville's Champion Brewing Co. Opens Its Doors on East Grace Street

Another great anchor business for that part of Grace Street.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 02/28/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “New Richmond City Council Opens with Friendly Vibes

R Moffett, the duties you describe are more the mayor's responsibility. City Council legislates and budgets, but the mayor must execute the laws and ensure that core services are carried out. Let's hope this council and this mayor work together better than the last council and mayor.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 01/04/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Plan Emerges for a Residential Tower on Grace Street

The extra parking is needed not so much for commuters as it is for the many residents in downtown. Many of the cool, old business buildings converted into apartments lack sufficient parking of their own. Requiring an extra 600 spaces above and beyond the number required for the building's own residents will allow for residents in neighboring buildings to have a place to park their cars. The combination of a high-rise with a park on top of the parking deck will be more aesthetically pleasing than a pure parking deck would be.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 12/09/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Jon Baliles Withdraws From Richmond Mayoral Race

Baliles is a good man; Morrissey should follow his example and withdraw.

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Posted by Jerel C. Wilmore on 11/02/2016 at 5:09 PM

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