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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

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Aug 22 '14

Although the most famous duel in America, between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, occurred in New Jersey, the vast majority of duels occurred in the South. Duels had been long frowned upon in the North, and Hamilton’s death at Burr’s hands sped up the demise of dueling north of the Mason-Dixon Line. 

In the South, dueling was a long-established tradition deeply entrenched in an elaborate code of honor practiced by Southern men. The extremely complicated rules and customs governing the tradition of dueling had been outlined in the 18th century in a book titled Code Duello. Most Southern cities had dueling grounds, and in Richmond, there were at least two, both in Church Hill. 

On April 10, 1801, a twenty-year-old man named Gill Armistead Selden, a married father of two, was shot and killed in duel with Skelton Jones. Dueling was so prevalent that Skelton Jones, his brother Meriwether Jones, and Selden’s brother Joseph were all later killed in duels. 

The place of this duel has been referred to by contemporary writings as the Bloody Run or Chimborazo Heights dueling ground. According to an 1848 map, this dueling ground where Selden lost his life was still in use, and ran the entire length of the east side of 30th Street, between Franklin and Grace streets. Because 30th Street no longer intersects either of these streets, the heavily-wooded former dueling ground is only visible from an isolated part of East Franklin Street, east of 29th Street. 

Richmond’s most famous duel occurred in Church Hill as well. On May 9, 1873, Page McCarty shot and killed John Brooke Mordecai in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery, which had frequently been used for duels. 

Former friends, the two became enemies when a popular Richmond girl, Mary Triplett, dropped her interest in McCarty in favor of Mordecai. Mary publicly snubbed McCarty at a ball, and McCarty responded by publishing a slightly inappropriate poem about Mary in a newspaper. 

Mordecai challenged McCarty, who shot Mordecai in the stomach. He lingered for several days before dying. After the duel, McCarty, who was shot in the hip, never married and shunned society. Mary Triplett later married Phillip Haxall, but died young. 

Dueling began to decline in Richmond, but did not end completely until Joseph Bryan, challenged to a duel in the 1890’s, reported his challenger to the police and called him “absurd.” 

VIA CHPN / by Tricia Lewis Noel 

Aug 20 '14
Aug 20 '14

DETAILS from Plan of the city of Richmond drawn from actual survey and regional plans / Bates, Micajah. [1835] 

MOREWhen the streets had no names

Aug 17 '14

"From: The Beagles"


The folks at WPA Bakery got a sweet note from Scout and Speedy this morning.

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Aug 16 '14

Richmond is the 39th most segregated city in America


A piece tying together historic housing policies and current events in Ferguson, Missouri, links to a study by John R. Logan (Brown University) and Brian J. Stults (Florida State University) on segregation in American cities.

Among the 50 metropolitan regions in the country with the largest black populations in 2010, Richmond is listed as only the 39th most segregated. Richmond is also listed as having the 19th highest level of isolation, which describes “the % minority in the neighborhood where the average minority group member lives”. This seems more of an accurate measure of what has been the typical neighborhood experience in the city.

Some of the parts from the study which jumped out:

In 367 metropolitan areas across the U.S., the typical white lives in a neighborhood that is 75% white, 8% black, 11% Hispanic, and 5% Asian. This represents a notable change since 1980, when the average whites’ neighborhood was 88% white, but it is very different from the makeup of the metropolis as a whole.

The experience of minorities is very different. For example, the typical black lives in a neighborhood that is 45% black, 35% white, 15% Hispanic, and 4% Asian.

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Note that at 51.6, Richmond is approaching a level of segregation that “social scientists consider the moderate range (under 50)”.

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Large Southern cities provide examples of persistent segregation: Birmingham, Memphis, and Baton Rouge fit into this category. But others have seen improvements – and Atlanta is the outstanding example, having experienced more change though it still falls among the top 25 on this list.

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Another way to assess segregation is by level of isolation (i.e., the % minority in the neighborhood where the average minority group member lives). … What is most striking about these figures is that with very few exceptions, the Isolation Index is above 40 in the largest metro regions. African Americans live in neighborhoods where they are an absolute majority, or a near majority, in most of these places.

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It’s difficult not to think of Richmond as segregated, even as the city’s population as a whole kind of shakes out. The concept of isolation is apparent in the details from Dustin Cable’s map of the United States based on the 2010 census data. There are very few places in the city that don’t seem to be either black OR white.

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The patterns on the map don’t seem that different than 1946.

"Location of Negro areas" (Bartholomew’s 1946 Master Plan) “Location of Negro areas” (Bartholomew’s 1946 Master Plan)

…or the 1930s…

"Residential Security Map" (Redlining Richmond / 1937) “Residential Security Map” (Redlining Richmond / 1937)


Aug 13 '14



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Aug 12 '14



I’m a little late: 2 days ago CHPN marked 10 years of publishing.

First: a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this a thriving and useful neighborhood site. CHPN would not be here today if “all y’all” weren’t so great about both sending in stories and just being out there doing cool stuff.

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Robinson Theater (2004/2009) Robinson Theater (2004/2009)

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The best thing for me about running CHPN has been that it’s gotten me out to so many real-world meetings and activities. There are so many ways to love this area and meet the people that make up the neighborhood: civic associations, friends of parks groups, volunteer opportunities, and through neighborhood organizations such as Peter Paul Development Center, Robinson Theater, and Fulton’s Neighborhood Resource Center.

As CHPN has been my vehicle for discovering the culture and history of the neighborhoods that make up the city’s East End, I have met some amazing and dedicated people, folks who have been living and working in this area for decades.

I owe a special thank you to Mary Thompson and Augustine Carter and New Visions Civic League for fighting the good fight for so many years, and for so warmly welcoming me to their piece of Fairmount. These women showed me what it means to be active in a community, to have ownership of and responsibility to a neighborhood.

The reason CHPN works as well as it does, I think, is because of the area’s strong history of civic participation. If you’re not part of something in the neighborhood, think about giving your time to one of the groups active in the area.

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Unity Civic Association with Cynthia Newbille (2010) Unity Civic Association with Cynthia Newbille (2010)

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Our first post was on the opening of Jumpin’ J’s coffee shop on Jefferson Avenue, now the home of Union Market. This seems especially fitting.

Laura at Jumpin' J's (2004) Laura at Jumpin’ J’s (2004)

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It’s amazing (and kind of perfect) to think that 2004 was halfway between now and 1994. 1994 was a bad year in Richmond, but 10 years later things really seemed to have turned around. The acceleration of the past few years are still a little unbelievable.

In 1994, there were 34 people killed in the East End. In 2004, there were 27. Through the first 7 months of 2014, there have been 2. This is nothing short of a miracle.

If you want to get a sense of the physical changes over the last 10 years, scroll back through the before/after tag. This photo set from Venable Street might be my favorite.

See also all of the posts about restaurants. This was pivotal, I think.

If CHPN is around in 2024, I would hope to be writing about the amazing changes in the public schools around here.

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Alamo BBQ (2009) Alamo BBQ (2009)

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There have been 7,476 Posts and 73,599 comments over the past 10 years.

This might be the best post of them all.

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Thanks folks, and be nice.


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1097 North 23rd Street (2004) 1097 North 23rd Street (2004)

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Aug 11 '14
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Aug 9 '14

Tilt is yet another word for carousel


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Aug 8 '14

Van Auken opens new season at Schindler in September


A show of new work by Thomas Van Auken will open the new season at Schindler Gallery in September.

Eric Schindler Gallery
2305 East Broad Street | Facebook

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Van Auken on the painting above:

I’m a little tired of idealized snow in paintings. Snow, like Christmas, is great fun for kids, but the novelty wears thin after a few hours for me. I want to paint snow that turns into a muddy mess, that makes us late for work, and snow that makes simple things like walking into a chore that must be properly prepared for.


Aug 7 '14

Bragda Pilates coming in October


Maya and Greg are bringing both Bragda Pilates and a line of cycling clothing (made in conjunction with Richmond’s own Haberdash) to Richmond this fall.

Bragda Pilates will be opening in the local area in October, and they are offering a special promo for signing up now. Maya is the pilates instructor, qualified in the UK and having worked in Wimbledon and NYC.

After 8 moves in 7 years, the couple has fallen for Richmond.

“When we came to visit Richmond, it was the only place that felt like home, ” says Maya, “I am from Croatia and am used to people talk to each other (and actually listen) … So, Richmond stole our hearts and we are finally settling. […] we really plan to make a family from the community (since our own family is too far:)”

Bragda Pilates | Facebook | @BRAGDApilates

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Maya and Greg Maya and Greg

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Aug 6 '14

SEED grant application deadline is August 29

The deadline to apply for some of the $90,000 in new grants that will be awarded to startup businesses in East End and Church Hill locations is August 29. Applications can be found online at and

Bon Secours Richmond Health System, in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is accepting applications for the fourth round of the Supporting East End Entrepreneur Development (SEED) program, an annual small business awards competition providing grants to promising individuals with plans to open or expand a business in Richmond’s East End.

Applicants must be startup companies or entrepreneurs whose businesses are located in the 23223 zip code within the city of Richmond, preferably along the 25th Street and Nine Mile Road Corridor. Grant recipients from prior award years may re-apply but may not exceed three years of grant funding. Applications are evaluated and judged by SEED’s Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of representatives from Bon Secours, LISC, Capital One, East End business owners and others.


Aug 5 '14

Local peaches, nectarines, veggies at Wednesday’s Robinson Theater Pop-Up Market

Great line-up for the Robinson Theater’s Pop-Up Market from 4-7:00 PM on Wednesday evening: FarmerBrown, CHAT’s Urban Farming, and fruits & vegetables from The Farm Table.

Sample local peaches & nectarines and buy fresh veggies from The Farm Table. The Farm Table is Virginia’s largest food co-op offering free delivery of produce from farmers within 150 miles to members’ homes every week. The Farm Table serves Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg to Virginia Beach.

Robinson Theater Pop-Up Market
Wednesdays 4-7:00 PM
2903 Q Street


Aug 5 '14

Can you contribute to the Rotary of Church Hill School Supply Drive?

The Rotary Club of Church Hill is collecting school supplies for Church Hill elementary schools between now and Friday, August 23. Please drop off your donation at Patrick Henry’s Pub, Mondays 6-8:00PM, or contact ‘em at

The list includes:

  • 2 Pocket Folders;
  • Erasers;
  • Pencils No.2
  • 3 Ring Binder;
  • Glue (Bottle);
  • Glue (Stick);
  • Pens – Erasable;
  • Colored Pencils;
  • Primary Pencils;
  • Composition Books;
  • Hand Sanitizer;
  • Rulers;
  • Copy paper – Ream;
  • Index Cards;
  • Scissors – Blunt;
  • Crayons – 8 Pack;
  • Crayons – 12 Pack;
  • Crayons – 24 Pack;
  • Loose Leaf Paper;
  • Spiral Notebook;
  • Markers – Washable;
  • Tissues;
  • Paper Towels;
  • Writing Pads;
  • Dry Erase Markers;
  • Pencil Pouch.