paul hammond 
Member since May 21, 2009

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Re: “Magic Midway: There Would Be No State Fair of Virginia Without These People and Their Passions

Love the picture of the little girl and the pitchfork.

Posted by paul hammond on 10/06/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Architecture Review: The Eggleston Plaza Rejuvenates a Major Jackson Ward Intersection

Agree Mr. Slipek. 2nd Street still has a lot of empty holes in it. This provides a much needed upgrade to the northern end. It will never be what it was in its prime, the center of culture and business for Richmond's black community, but thanks to a growing group of entrepreneurs Two Street has a promising future.

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Posted by paul hammond on 09/27/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Opinion: Beyond the Monuments, Richmond Needs True Context About Slavery

Richmond has a lot more Black History to offer than a single statue of Arthur Ashe, the newest being the Maggie L. Walker plaza and statue prominently placed at the gateway to Jackson Ward. I see people there every day sitting on the benches, admiring her statue and reading the engraved arc of her lifetime. Just blocks away is her home, which is a National Historic Site and run by the National Park Service. A new Black History Museum is in the restored Leigh Street Armory, which has its own place in African American history. There is the nearby statue of Bill Bojangles Robinson, the bust of Oliver Hill on 3rd Street and plaques all over the City marking the significant moments in local Black History. The ongoing restoration of Evergreen Cemetery is a must see and an opportunity to get a hands on experience helping uncover decades of Black History from Reconstruction through the early 40s. The point being is Richmond has moved on and is still moving on. Much remains to be done. The crumbling headquarters of the Order of St. Luke is the most significant site remaining to be restored. More importantly is the revision and/or removal of Federal programs that have created permanent black underclasses across this country and removing statues wont do a thing about that.

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Posted by paul hammond on 09/18/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “VCU Basketball Coach Speaks Out on Confederate Monuments

By museum, I think you must mean warehouse. I'd rather stroll down Monument Avenue, enjoy the fresh air, admire the statues, think about history or just revel in the atmosphere of Richmond's most beautiful avenue. For what it's worth, I feel the same way about walking through Jackson Ward and Church Hill, which has a statue of its own to worry about.

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Posted by paul hammond on 08/28/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “VCU Basketball Coach Speaks Out on Confederate Monuments

atliens: They should see them where they were designed to be. Tourist won't go to a museum. They will just go somewhere else. Just because people want the monuments does not mean they support or celebrate slavery. You don't like the statues? Don't look at them.…

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Posted by paul hammond on 08/25/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “The History of the Arthur Ashe Monument in Richmond

It just so happens Arthur Ashe did not fight in the Civil War.

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Posted by paul hammond on 08/25/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Almost All of the Doughnuts at Sugar Shack Are Now Vegan

Now if they could just make them sugar free.

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Posted by paul hammond on 08/25/2017 at 4:27 PM

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