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The Historic Richmond Region Lots of Diversity. Lots to Love. Be Our Guest Table of Contents O n behalf of our respective organizations, we would like to invite you to Introduction 4 visit the Richmond Region. This is our home and we’re eager to open our doors to you. African American 6 Although the speciﬁc traditions vary, every culture has its own way of conveying American Indian 8 that its guests are important, whether it’s the Indian belief that, “The guest is god” or the Spanish saying of “Mi casa, su casa.” Sure, not everyone would be thrilled to East Asian 10 receive the delicacy of a ﬁsh head as would be the case for an honored visitor in a Chinese home, but the idea remains the same and transcends cultures: guests are to Indian 12 be treasured and they should always receive the best one has to offer. You’ll certainly ﬁnd that feeling alive and well here in the Richmond Region. And Jewish 14 even though the area is increasingly home to a diverse population with different Hispanic 16 customs, we all—both old and new—still have more than a bit of that famous Southern hospitality to share. A Multitude of Multicultural Things To Do 18 We like the Richmond Region enough to call it home. Now we’d love to have y’all be our guests! (And if you don’t like ﬁsh heads, maybe we can whip up our favorite So Much More To Do 23 pecan pie for you!) Multicultural Events Calendar 25 Tinh duc Phan Other Notable Events 30 Ethnic Dining 32 Visitor Information 33 Regional Attractions Map 34 Oliver R. Singleton The Historic Richmond Region Lots of Diversity. Lots to Love. Michel Zajur Get Swept Up by the Richmond Region’s cultures. 2 3 Get Swept Up by the Richmond Region L ondon famously hugs the River Archaeology shows that the James one of the earliest declarations of historically meant a regular ﬂow of Thames. Paris straddles the has been bringing people together the acceptance of diversity and a new and different visitors from all Seine. Rome lies along the for as long as there were people to be forerunner to the Bill of Rights. over. Located only 100 miles south of iconic Tiber. brought together, facilitating ancient Washington, D.C. and midway between As the Region has evolved—from trade along the river. More recently, Atlanta and Boston, it’s easy to get here Cities—and indeed whole civiliza- barges to locomotives to the recently the James carried barrels of precious and easy to navigate once you’re here. tions—have habitually clustered around expanded airport—new residents and tobacco leaf from isolated farms in new cultures have arrived to call it Pack your bags, get swept up by rivers because the location connects Appalachia to the commercial hub of home. For centuries, the area has been the culture—and cultures—of the them to the world. A river gives a city a Richmond. From the city’s endless rows home to American Indians, African River City and discover why everyone way to bring in goods and transport its of warehouses, it might then make its Americans and one of the country’s says that the Richmond Region is own to distant markets. In the process, way to Philadelphia or New York—or to oldest Jewish populations. Yet, an Easy to love! the tides of trade bring in people from the docks in London, Paris or Rome. interconnected world has led to an near and far. Much like those cities—and because even richer mix with more recent With myriad bridges and its his- of the same tides of trade—the arrivals in Hispanic, East Asian and toric canal system, the Richmond Richmond Region has always been a Indian populations. Region—the City of Richmond and the cultured meeting place with a diversity In addition to a diversity of surrounding counties of Chesterﬁeld, of people. Indeed, it was here where permanent residents, the Richmond Hanover, Henrico and New Kent—has Jefferson and Madison created the Region also beneﬁts from its long- always beneﬁted from its association Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, standing central location that has with the stately James River. 4 5 African American T oday at the corner of First and Marshall Streets is the headquarters of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company. On the surface, it’s just another downtown bank. But it got its start in 1903 as the St. Luke Penny Bank, the ﬁrst ﬁnancial institution in the United States founded and led by ﬁnest entertainers. Here too, on a woman. However, in a time when neighborhood playgrounds, began it was exceptional to ﬁnd female the career of Arthur Ashe, winner business leaders, the dynamic founder, of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon Maggie Walker, also stood out as an African American bank president. Personally speaking ... tennis championships and a noted humanitarian. In the area’s courtrooms What began as a small-scale local began the career of renowned civil “Though not a native Richmonder, I Virginia Minority Supplier lending institution that served rights attorney, Oliver Hill. And it have moved here twice—once in the Development Council Richmond’s large African American was here that America ﬁnally got its late ‘60s and again after 15 years of community has grown and persisted. ﬁrst African American governor, the living elsewhere, returning with my Consolidated Bank and Trust Company is now the oldest continually family to help start and sustain a Honorable L. Douglas Wilder. Media 15-year old business, the Richmond In the Richmond Region, you’ll African American-operated bank in Richmond Free Press Free Press. do more than learn about African the country. Richmond is a place with pockets of American history. Here you’ll walk in The Richmond Region counts Soul of Virginia remarkable natural beauty—tree-lined the footsteps of leaders from Walker to more than 350,000 African American Wilder. Here you’ll feel that history. streets and neighborhoods—many residents—more than the entire city The Voice Newspaper where pride abundantly shows. It is a of St. Louis. Of course, the African place where, for so many, family life Did you know? American story in the Richmond WBTJ 106.5 Mainstream/Urban matters—a great deal. Region is a long and complicated As part of an international project, one , going back to the earliest days Richmond often has more leisure Richmond’s Slavery Reconciliation WCDX-FM 92.1 Mainstream/Urban of Richmond and the Virginia colony. activity than there is leisure time; Statue is linked to identical memorials And while the Region is what it is and it is a place where business gets in Liverpool, England, as well as the WKJM-FM 99.3 Urban Adult today largely because of the unsung transacted. With determination and Republic of Benin in Africa. Contemporary men and women who helped build it, good will, progress is evident. in many ways, the Richmond Region It is city where one can become a Organizations WKJS-FM 105.7 Urban Adult is exceptional because stories like part of the solution, for today and for Contemporary Urban League of Greater Maggie Walker and the St. Luke Bank future generations.” Richmond, Inc. are so common. —Jean Patterson Boone WPZZ-FM 104.7 Gospel Vice President, Paradigm Communications It was here, for example, where Richmond Metropolitan Advertising Director, Richmond Free Press Bill Robinson—better known by his Business League WROU-AM 1240 News/Talk and S olid Gold Oldies stage name, Bojangles—achieved his early successes that helped catapult NAACP him to fame as one of the country’s Virginia State Conference 6 7 American Indian N o group can claim deeper roots in the Richmond Region and Virginia than the American Indians who have been living here for more than 15,000 years. When the English arrived, the area today known as the Richmond Region was border territory between the Monacan confederacy of the Piedmont and the Algonquians of the Coastal Plain. Most of the latter were part of the paramount chiefdom controlled by the great leader Powhatan. Pocahontas, Powhatan’s daughter, lived in the area’s ﬁrst town, Henricus, where she married tobacco planter John Rolfe. The Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes Today, the Commonwealth of still live on the reservations granted to Virginia formally recognizes eight them in the 17th century. Each year, in Organizations American Indian tribes, whose a public ceremony held in November, the tribes honor the 350-year-old Virginia Council on Indians ancestors and cultural connections can be traced directly to groups treaties by presenting gifts of game to documented to have been living the Governor. A number of the tribes Virginia Indian Tribal Alliance for Life (VITAL) in Virginia in 1607 at the time of hold major pow-wows annually in May. initial English colonization. Those Chickahominy Tribe tribes are the Chickahominy, Eastern Did you know? Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Pamunkey, Rappahannock In 2007, the Legislature amended Eastern Chickahominy Tribe and Upper Mattaponi. the Code of Virginia to state that Virginia “recognizes the continuous Mattaponi Tribe contributions of the Indian tribal Personally speaking ... nations to the Commonwealth’s history Monacan Indian Nation and culture and hereby reafﬁrms “The James River is one of the best the spirit and intent of the original rivers for catﬁsh ﬁshing, striper ﬁshing Nansemond Tribe treaties between the Tribes and the and small mouth bass ﬁshing in the British Crown in 1646 and 1677 and world! Anyone who wants to ﬂyﬁsh can Pamunkey Tribe shall operate, to the extent permitted wade the river downtown. There are by the United States Constitution, in 30-40 pound rockﬁsh at the rapids, and accordance with that spirit.” Rappahannock Tribe catﬁsh go up to 80-90 pounds. Drifting the James River in a raft or a canoe or Upper Mattaponi Tribe just a john boat from Goochland on down is just a beautiful, beautiful area to drift.” – Ben Adams, Upper Mattaponi 8 9 East Asian A s beﬁts a group of more than were only three Laotian families; 30,000 people from more now he alone has repaid the favor than a dozen nationalities, by sponsoring more than a dozen there are many stories that explain families. Although the nations and why the Richmond Region’s East Asian circumstances may have changed, population has settled here. Generally, it is a cross-community tradition it is a new group of arrivals with many that continues today. In many cases, having been born abroad; most have the bonds between the sponsor and only come to Richmond in the last the new arrivals—many of whom 20 to 30 years. In many cases, the now run their own successful small decision was partly due to the Region’s businesses—have remained strong affordability, quality of life and its decades after the ﬁrst meeting. moderate climate. Some of the ﬁrst Chinese residents opened restaurants serving their native cuisine and their experiences in the area pulled in friends and relatives. Friends and family Did you know? Korean American Society of Greater Richmond attracting and supporting others is a recurring theme among the Region’s Unique among Asian organizations various East Asian communities. Of on the Eastern Seaboard, the Asian- Laotian Community course, those family ties were not always American Society of Central Virginia between blood relatives and, in many acts as an umbrella organization Organization of Chinese cases, support came from friends who’d that unites 18 of the area’s Asian Americans never met one another. nationalities. Richmond Chinese School For example, when the Region’s Vietnamese citizens were spurred Personally speaking ... Organizations to leave their homeland because of Richmond Korean School Virginia Asian Chamber war, they needed friends across the “Richmond is a welcoming community. of Commerce globe who would offer safe haven Many immigrants and refugees from Richmond Vietnamese around the world started their new Association and support. Beginning around 1975, Asian American Society many came to call Richmond and the lives in the Richmond Region. They of Central Virginia surrounding area home because of have contributed to the economic Thai Community the altruism of native Richmonders growth and cultural diversity of this Bangladeshi American who sponsored them individually area. I truly enjoy all of the year-round Organization of Central Virginia The Rose Group or through churches or other civic multicultural festivals, museums, organizations. It was much the same ethnic markets and variety of inter- Filipino-American Association of Virginia Asian Advisory Board national restaurants in Richmond.” Central Virginia for Simon Rinthalukay who emigrated from Laos in 1979 and settled in – Suwattana Sugg Richmond because of the sponsorship Refugee and Immigration Services Asian American Society of Central Virginia Japan Virginia Society Media of a Richmond refugee organization. Asian Fortune News When he arrived, he recalls that there Khmer Society Dominion Asia Review 10 11 Indian I t is unlikely that The Diamond, Indian subcontinent, the ﬂat bat is no the Richmond Region’s minor longer so uncommon. The Richmond league baseball stadium that Region’s half dozen upper-level cricket seats 12,000, will soon switch from teams, composed largely of Indians the traditional American pastime to as well as Pakistanis, may not play at the more Britannic batting game of the level of Dravid or Tendulkar, but cricket. However, while seeing bowlers they do compete in the Mid-Atlantic and batters was a rarity in the Region Cricket Conference along with teams until only a few years ago, thanks throughout the Southeast. Another to a wave of emigration from the dozen teams compete at a lower, more recreational level. Watching games from the grassy sidelines, you might not realize that Virginia has now turned the table on history. After all, the European colonists who populated early Virginia still had a hope of ﬁnding a passage to India as Columbus had envisioned— but now there’s a part of India in Did you know? Pakistani American Society of Central Virginia Virginia. And, the portion of India that The Hindu Center of Virginia’s ﬁrst now calls the Richmond Region home fundraiser was a Ravi Shankar concert Richmond Kannada Sangha is nearly as diverse as the subcontinent held at the Mosque Theater—now is, with a vibrant population that spans Personally speaking ... known as the Landmark Theater— Richmond Tamil Sangam from Bengalis to Gujaratis to Tamils in 1976. “Arriving in Richmond 40 years ago and most ethnicities in between. from Kolkata, India, I discovered a city Sikh Association of Much of the Region’s Indian of enormous charm and grace. The Organizations Central Virginia population—and its cricket—is based rich architecture and attractions like in the West End of Henrico County India Association of Virginia Maymont, the Virginia Museum of near the large corporations where Fine Arts and a host of other offerings many Indians now work. And while Cultural Center of India inspired me to make Richmond my many of the Richmond Region’s permanent home. People accepted and Indians immigrated speciﬁcally for Hindu Center of Virginia welcomed me as they would a native jobs in the technology or medical son. These ﬁrst impressions have not sectors, others began working in Greater Richmond changed with the passage of time. the lodging, food service and small Association of Malayalees Richmond remains the friendliest city business arenas after arriving. Indian I have encountered in my years of culture is supported and perpetuated Greater Richmond Bengali traveling the globe and I feel privileged in the area by Asian and Indian- Association to call it my ﬁrst and only home in the speciﬁc associations which promote a United States.” number of annual festivals, as well as Greater Richmond Telugu —Ranjit Sen by a number of individual state and Association President and CEO, CXI, Inc. ethnic groups and sangams. 12 13 Jewish A lthough the Jewish scholar and eventually opened storefronts. Dr. Jacob Marcus would say Some of these such as Thalhimer’s— that no Jew was ever the ﬁrst begun on Main Street in 1842—became Jew anywhere, it is believed that the large Southern department stores. ﬁrst Jewish settler in Richmond, Isaiah Another wave of newcomers, this time Isaacs, put down roots in 1769. Along from Eastern Europe, began in the with Revolutionary War veteran Jacob 1880s. The area also became a haven for I. Cohen, the two formed a partnership. Jews ﬂeeing Nazi Germany and, later in They opened a dry goods shop known the 1990s, as a home for resettled Soviet across Virginia as “the Jews’ store,” Jews. Today the Richmond Region is they engaged in land speculation in home to seven synagogues, the very Kentucky—employing Daniel Boone active Carole and Marcus Weinstein to do survey work for them—and they Jewish Community Center, and the owned The Bird in Hand, possibly the Virginia Holocaust Museum. ﬁrst inn and tavern in Richmond. One of the oldest Jewish communities in America, Richmond was one of only six communities—including Newport, Did you know? The Farbreng Inn Kosher Conference & Retreat Center Savannah, Charleston, Philadelphia and A special section of the Hebrew New York City—to draft a congratulatory Cemetery in Richmond—the oldest Jewish Community Federation note to George Washington when active Jewish cemetery in the South— of Richmond he became President. As with contains the graves of 30 Jewish other immigrants to early America, Confederate soldiers who died in or Jewish Family Services Virginia’s Jews came seeking economic near Richmond. It is believed to be opportunities and a chance to practice the only exclusively Jewish military Keneseth Beth Israel (Orthodox) their own religion free from persecution. burying ground outside of Israel. Colonial laws didn’t give Jews the same Richmond Jewish Foundation rights as Christians, but many reported Organizations that they seemed as equals due to the Personally speaking ... Temple Beth El (Conservative) democratizing effect of the Virginia Chabad-Lubavitch of the “One of Richmond’s greatest assets is Virginias (Lubavitch) frontier. The enactment of the Statute the rich sense of tradition throughout Weinstein JCC for Religious Freedoms in 1786 solidiﬁed the community’s freedom to worship as the community. Driving down Congregation Beth Ahabah (Reform) they pleased. Monument Avenue or walking through the historic neighborhoods in the Fan Media Until the 1840s brought an inﬂux Congregation Kol Emes/Young Israel or visiting one of the many museums Virginia Jewish News of German Ashkenazi Jews, Virginia’s of Richmond (Orthodox) enhances this perspective. Exploring Jewish community followed Sephardic Richmond creates a real appreciation traditions. And whereas the original Congregation Or Ami (Reform) The Reﬂector for American history. Jews were to be found in many jobs – Jordan Shenker and professions, many of the new Congregation Or Atid (Conservative) Executive Director, Weinstein JCC immigrants began as street peddlers 14 15 Hispanic I n the late 1950s and 1960s, a small number of Cubans began to settle in the Richmond Region. From this small pocket, the Region’s Hispanic population now ofﬁcially numbers close to 40,000, having more than quadrupled since 1990. However, estimates of the actual population place it perhaps higher than 100,000. After the Cubans, the Region became home to Central Americans— particularly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—during the 1980s, and the last ﬁve years have seen a dramatic Personally speaking ... increase in Mexicans, many of whom “Born in Cuba and forced to leave to have come as a result of the Region’s seek freedom, I appreciate the privilege building boom. The Region also counts many South Americans including of living in a society where I can in 2004, the City of Richmond created Organizations raise my children and teach them the the Hispanic Liaison Ofﬁce to serve Columbians, Venezuelans, Peruvians, value of dreaming and the rewards the area’s Hispanics. A variety of Virginia Hispanic Chamber Ecuadorians and Bolivians—as well of Commerce of achieving. It’s easy to fall in love community organizations and events as many second- and third-generation with Richmond where diversity is such as the Virginia Hispanic Chamber Puerto Ricans. City of Richmond’s Hispanic welcomed and embraced. It is a region of Commerce, based in Chesterﬁeld Liaison Ofﬁce As many of the area’s Hispanics rich in history, heritage, hospitality and County, and the annual ¿Qué Pasa? have come from a country where the charm. Whether enjoying the majestic Festival of Virginia highlight the growing nation’s capital was the biggest city that columns at the State Capitol, St. John’s importance of the Region’s Hispanic offered the most opportunity, in many Church in Church Hill, the museums community. Media cases they initially gravitated towards along the Boulevard, Magnolia Grange Nuevas Raíces newspaper Northern Virginia and the nation’s in Chesterﬁeld, or the City’s impressive Did you know? capital. However, because the Richmond institutions of higher education, the Region offers a more tranquil and Region’s coveted sites tell a magniﬁcent The Richmond Region has four Hispanic Horizontes newspaper affordable lifestyle (as well as a strong story and enhance the natural beauty soccer leagues with dozens of teams economy), many Hispanics have settled of the landscape.” of mixed nationalities. While it has La Voz Hispana de Virginia magazine here versus D.C.—or even New York been commonplace for top level Central —Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D. or Miami—ﬁnding it a great place to Executive Director and Associate Professor American soccer teams like El Salvador’s Centro de Richmond newspaper raise a family. They now call Richmond John Tyler Community College Foundation Deportivo Fas and Gautamala’s home for a variety of reasons. Some Communicaciones to stop in the D.C. WVNZ Selecta 1320 have become enmeshed in the Region’s area, they now include Richmond A number of religious organizations institutes of higher learning while others on their North American tours, even in the Richmond Region maintain WBTK Poder 1380 have come from Central America to do playing local Hispanic all-star teams. strong ties with Latin America—sending research work at Philip Morris. numerous missions each year—and WTOX La Equis 1480 16 17 A Multitude of Multicultural Things to Do E njoy the Region’s diverse multicultural attractions. Find more information about each online at www.VisitRichmondVa.com. For locations, refer to the map on page 34. American Civil War Center At Historic Tredegar The American Civil War Center takes a new approach to explaining the Civil War—that is to say it takes three approaches. The ﬁrst museum of its Bojangles to keep children safe in his Henricus Historical Park native community. Established in 1611, Henricus was kind, the center highlights Union, Confederate and African American the ﬁrst place where tobacco was “Box” Brown Memorial points of view. Opened in 2006, the grown to be sold in Europe, the Born into slavery in 1815, Henry Brown museum uses interactive, family- Black History Museum and second successful English settlement became a celebrity because of his bold friendly exhibits to convey how the Cultural Center of Virginia in the New World and the residence escape to freedom in 1849. The 5’8” war affected all people. Founded in 1981, the museum is of Pocahontas who married tobacco Brown who weighed 200 pounds had located in the historic Jackson Ward planter John Rolfe. Every day, himself nailed into a 2’ 8” x 2’ x 3’ box district. It seeks to be a permanent costumed interpreters bring an early that was shipped from Richmond to Arthur Ashe Statue repository and statewide resource for American Indian village to life and Philadelphia disguised as dry goods. The Richmond Region is famous visual, oral and written records and also portray early English settlers. In Over the course of the 26-hour journey, for its grand statues on Monument artifacts commemorating the lives and addition, special events and programs Brown was sometimes placed upside Avenue. The ﬁrst to be erected since accomplishments of African Americans are offered throughout the year. down, but he emerged upbeat. A life- 1929 commemorates Richmond native in Virginia. The African American size replica of the box is on the Canal Arthur Ashe as a humanitarian, scholar Heritage Walking Tour starts at the Walk. In his later life, Brown dedicated and athlete. museum and covers a number of other himself to the anti-slavery movement. nearby attractions. Elegba Folklore Society Beth Ahabah Museum Elegba offers a variety of cultural arts and Archives Bojangles Statue programs with a focus on the various The museum adjacent to the Beth Located at the corner of Adams and strands of African American culture. Ahabah synagogue collects, preserves West Leigh Streets in Jackson Ward, Interpretive tours of unmarked sites and interprets the history and culture the statue not only commemorates in the area’s history follow a Trail of of the Region’s Jewish community and the Richmond-born dancing Enslaved Africans. provides insight into understanding the phenom but also marks the site of Southern Jewish experience. the city’s ﬁrst trafﬁc light, a gift from 18 19 A Multitude of Multicultural Things to Do (continued) market. The statue, which depicts two people melded in an embrace, is linked Jackson Ward including the Asian Valley which to similar memorials in Liverpool, Prior to the 1860s, the 40-block celebrates the sacredness of nature. England and Benin in Africa. community of Jackson Ward was a Within this garden are plants native melting pot of nationalities, including to East Asia which are adaptive free African Americans and immigrants to conditions in the Mid-Atlantic Richmond National Battleﬁeld from Germany and Ireland. Known and Southeastern United States. It Civil War Visitor Center as the birthplace of black capitalism, incorporates the spirit of Asian garden Encompassing more than 1,400 acres, from the 1920s through 1960s it earned design with dramatic tree forms and the Civil War battleﬁeld sites paint the title of “the Harlem of the South.” cascading water. a picture of the numerous deﬁning One of the Richmond Region’s National battles in the Richmond Region and also highlight the 14 African American Historic Districts, Jackson Ward boasts Library of Virginia soldiers who earned the Congressional beautiful architecture and some of the As the library and archival agency Medal of Honor for gallantry in action. most impressive decorative ironwork outside of New Orleans. of the state and the government’s Maggie L. Walker National principal reference library, the Library Historic Site Latin Ballet of Virginia The National Park Service maintains Richmond Slave Trail of Virginia contains a wealth of this site to honor the life and legacy The Richmond Slave Trail chronicles Through its compelling performances, information about the state’s history of a progressive and talented African the history of the trade of enslaved the ballet company preserves and and can be a treasure trove for American woman who achieved Africans to Virginia. Begin at the promotes Latin American and Spanish genealogists. In addition, the library Manchester Docks. national prominence in the early cultures and spreads the joy and love produces a number of exhibits which 20th century as a businesswoman of life through the common language have included topics such as Virginia and community leader. Restored to its of dance. Roots Music, Understanding 400 1930s appearance, Walker’s residence Sixth Mount Zion Years of Virginia History, Virginia’s of 30 years details not only her life but Baptist Church Coal Towns, and Brown v. Board of also the community in which she lived In 1867 the church began in abandoned Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Education: Virginia Responds. and worked. horse stables, but since 1869 the active The site offers year-round beauty with congregation has met at the same its 40 acres of spectacular gardens location. The church’s original leader, Maymont John Jasper, became one of the nation’s The house and grounds of Maymont most well known African American are beautifully preserved examples of ministers of his time; he gave his famous “Sun Do Move” sermon more Gilded Age living. Maymont’s wealthy than 250 times and attracted standing- owners, the Dooleys, purchased the room-only black and white audiences. most costly evergreens from all parts of the world—many of which are still found in the park’s 100 acres. Also Virginia Civil Rights Memorial meticulously maintained today are The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, the spectacular Italian Garden and the located in front of the Governor’s Japanese Garden with its thick stands Mansion in Capitol Square, tells the of bamboo. A new exhibit, In Service story of Barbara Johns, the 16-year- & Beyond, showcases the workday old student who organized and led lives of the Dooleys’ mostly African in protest of intolerable conditions at American employees. her high school in Farmville, VA in April 1951. The monument depicts the walkout, Oliver W. Hill and Spottswood Reconciliation Statue Robinson III who tried the case, the The Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Reverend Leslie Francis Grifﬁn, and a Statue and Plaza was erected in March 2007 not far from the former slave vision for racial harmony in the future. 20 21 A Multitude of Multicultural Things to Do (continued) Virginia Historical Society So Much More To Do The society collects, preserves and interprets Virginia’s past for the Performing Arts Kings Dominion education and enjoyment of A 400-acre theme park, Kings Sit back and enjoy the show. Richmond present and future generations. Dominion is home to more than 40 Ballet is the ﬁrst professional ballet Exhibits include Virginians at Work rides, shows and attractions. The park company in Virginia. With dancers and The Story of Virginia. features 14 world-class roller coasters, from around the country and the world, making it one of the largest coaster the ballet performs throughout the year Virginia Holocaust Museum collections on the East Coast. There in addition to the annual Nutcracker. are also two children’s areas and The Richmond Symphony entertains Covering a wide array of experiences WaterWorks, a 20-acre water park. approximately 125,000 patrons each of the Holocaust, the museum gives year, performing both contemporary visitors a sense of what it was like and traditional symphonic repertoires to live through Kristallnacht, the James River and Canal Walk that draw on classical, gospel, jazz Dachau concentration camp and the building during the latter part It’s little wonder that the River City has and popular music. Guest artists have Displaced Persons Camps. Because of her life. a park system that includes nearly 450 included Aretha Franklin, Marvin of the disturbing nature of some acres lining both banks of the James Hamlisch, Itzhak Perlman and André of the displays, the museum is not River. The river is popular for rafting, Watts. The Virginia Opera is known recommended for children under 11. Virginia State University boating, ﬁshing, kayaking and hiking. and respected nationwide for the Begun as the Virginia Normal and musical and dramatic integrity of A recent $52-million restoration of the Collegiate Institute in 1882, VSU was its productions. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts the ﬁrst fully state supported, four- Canal Walk includes restaurants and The VMFA houses a remarkable nightclubs and canal boat rides. year institution of higher learning for permanent collection of more than African Americans in the country. Until 20,000 works of art from almost every 1992, the university’s ﬁrst president, major world culture. The museum’s John Mercer Langston (great-uncle holdings of South Asian, Himalayan of Langston Hughes), was the only and African art are among the ﬁnest African American ever elected to the in the nation. In addition, the museum United States Congress from Virginia. has noteworthy collections of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Contemporary American, as well as French Virginia Union University Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Founded among the old slave buildings art. Visitors also make a point of of Lumpkin’s Jail, VUU has served as a seeing the popular Lillian Thomas historically African American institute Pratt Collection of Fabergé eggs—the of higher education since 1865. One largest collection outside of Russia. of the ﬁrst graduates, Pastor Richard Wells, led the ﬁrst known civil rights protest march. The Museum Galleries Virginia Randolph Museum at VUU include collections of masks, Built in 1937, the museum has the sculpture, instruments and paintings home economics cottage for the from Africa and the South Paciﬁc. Virginia Randolph Education Center. Randolph, an innovative black educator in vocational training, kept an ofﬁce in 22 23 So Much More To Do (continued) Wineries You don’t need to go far from the Multicultural Events Region’s urban areas to sample Virginia wine fresh from the vine. From merlot to cabernet franc, ﬁnd Calendar it at the nearby James River Winery I or New Kent Vineyards. t’s not every day that you can partake March in a cultural festival in the Richmond Region—but it’s close. Check for Church Hill Irish Festival Speakers Series speciﬁc dates and more information at The Richmond Region hosts a number Irish musicians, bagpipers, dancers and www.VisitRichmondVa.com. of renowned speakers in the form of more descend on the Region’s Church Hill neighborhood for this annual the Richmond Forum, World Affairs January weekend-after-St.-Patrick’s- Day event. Council and JCC Forum. Recent speakers have included Robert Redford, VUU vs. VSU Freedom Rudolph Giuliani and Archbishop Professional Sports Classic Festival Sister for Sister Conference Desmond Tutu. In addition to NASCAR and Indy Racing Rivals Virginia State University and Boasting nationally acclaimed speakers League at the Richmond International Virginia Union University compete and presenters, the Sister for Sister Raceway, the Richmond Region’s in one of the premier collegiate Conference is an energizing and More Museums minor league professional sports teams basketball contests in the region. The anticipated conference for women on The Richmond Region has a rich include the Renegades hockey team festival is designed to acknowledge the East Coast. history with dozens of diverse and the Kickers, an A-League afﬁliate and commemorate the life and legacy museums dedicated to it—from the of Major League Soccer’s DC United of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Valentine Richmond History Center and Tampa Bay Mutiny. occurs annually on Dr. King’s birthday VCU French Film Festival to the John Marshall House, Old weekend. More than 15,000 guests Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dominion Railway Museum and enjoy the numerous festival events annual event at the Byrd Theater—a Edgar Allan Poe Museum. But there’s including a showcase of regional lavish local landmark that opened in Shopping and Galleries so much more including the expansive gospel talent. 1928—is the largest French ﬁlm festival Whether it’s small boutiques or Science Museum of Virginia, Hanover in the United States. Held at the end of big malls and national brands, the Tavern and the Virginia Aviation March or beginning of April, it attracts Richmond Region has something for Museum, to name a few. an astounding 17,000 entries for its everyone. Alongside boutiques in selective list of 24 ﬁlms. The festival Carytown are numerous art galleries. brings directors and actors to present More galleries abound along Broad and discuss their ﬁlms. Street near the artistic hub of Virginia Commonwealth University and its art program. The art scene is supported by regular art walks: Third Thursdays, First Fridays and Fourth Fridays. 24 25 often in concert with other tribes— Taste of India a large annual gathering is organized The Cultural Center of India puts India by VITAL, the Virginia Indian on display to show its culture, cuisine, Tribal Alliance for Life, in Charles handicrafts and music. Visitors can City County. taste diverse foods from all over the country—from North Indian samosas to South Indian dosa pancakes as well Fridays at Sunset as chicken curry, a variety of Indian Beginning in May and running breads, traditional Indian chai, a host through August at Kanawha Plaza, of desserts and varieties of Indian beer. Fridays at Sunset is one of the East Coast’s premier summer concert series. Boasting previous artists such as Natalie Cole, The Roots and Chaka August April Lebanese Food Festival Khan, Fridays at Sunset brings some of Down Home Family Reunion Enjoy food, music, folk dancing and the best R&B, Jazz, Reggae and Neo- This extravaganza brings in a lot of Asia Blooms in the Garden at other activities at this outdoor festival Soul artists to the Region each year. “family” as some 25,000 people come Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that routinely draws thousands from to celebrate African American folk Take a guided tour with a cultural central Virginia. life. Nearly 20 years old, the reunion interpreter, try tai chi, watch Asian folk June demonstrates how cultural traditions dances and learn the art of ikebana Cinco de Mayo Fiesta of West Africa have inﬂuenced the ﬂoral arrangement during this event. Juneteenth lifestyles of African Americans and Held on Brown’s Island, this event is The Freedom Celebration commem- the American South. less about an 1862 battle in Mexico orates the Juneteenth holiday by Punjabi Mela and more about taking in a full music remembering the impact of the African The Punjabi Mela is a festival to lineup and enjoying the Region’s early slave trade and its legacy in Virginia. promote the language, art, culture and May weather. A family event, it features perform- September literature of Punjabis, people who hail ances, speakers, ceremonies, exhibi- from the Punjab region of Northern ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia tors, historic reenactments and special India and Pakistan. Greek Food Festival ¿Qué Pasa? translates as, “What’s children’s activities. This popular gathering at St. Constantine Happening?” At this outdoor event and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral that celebrates the Region’s Hispanic features Greek dancing and cultural exhi- community, happenings include local bitions but, of course, it’s all about the and national musical groups, folk May gyros, souvlaki and delicious baklava. performances and a taste-bud tour through stops in Cuba, Colombia Asian American Celebration and Mexico. This annual festival highlights the American Indian Pow-wows cultural heritage of more than a dozen May is the beginning of the pow-wow Asian groups through elegant music season for Virginia’s Indian tribes. Annual Armenian Food Festival and dance, authentic cuisine, exquisite While each tribe holds its own events— For nearly a half century, the Armenian art, exhibits and more. festival has put the music and dance of Armenia on display—as well as plates full of traditional food. 26 27 Multicultural Events Calendar (continued) China-America Festival November Kristallnacht Anniversary of Film and Culture The Jewish community remembers While the series involves seminars, Joy From the World the Night of Broken Glass each year lectures, concerts and food tasting, From late November through New as part of the beginnings of oppression its heart is Chinese ﬁlm. Over the Year’s Day, this kid-centric event at and persecution in Germany. Special course of a week, the series, which is the Science Museum of Virginia, ceremonies take place at the largely free, delves into understanding injects some learning in the holiday Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Chinese culture. season with demonstrations and trees Cemetery, erected in 1955 for victims from cultures around the globe. of the Holocaust. October December Second Street Festival The hands of time are turned back to Capital City Kwanzaa Festival the past when Second Street was the trunk—but there’s a lot more. Listen to Celebrate this seven-day African heart and soul of Richmond’s African ﬁddle and harp competitions and tap American holiday each December American community. Each year, your feet with the rhythm of Highland with musical and dance perform- approximately 45,000 people come to dancers. Also enjoy a Parade of Clans ances, children’s activities and an Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward to and Societies, pipe bands, living history African market. hear live music on two stages, enjoy encampments, a parade of Dogs of the children’s activities, taste delicious British Isles and get the genealogical food, shop in the marketplace and information that will help you pick Chanukah Celebrations dance in the streets. your proper tartan. Join area synagogues for the eight-day Festival of Lights. Richmond Highland Games & Festival of India Celtic Festival Established in 1981, the festival draws The big draw is large men throwing upwards of 20,000 visitors from all heavy objects—a 22-pound hammer, across central Virginia. It includes a 56-pound weight and a 20-foot tree live dances and cultural performances, a delicious spread of Indian cuisine representing the various states in India, as well as unique jewelry and crafts. Richmond Folk Festival During the free, three-day event you’ll ﬁnd not only music and dance performances but also workshops, storytelling, parades, crafts and culinary arts. 28 29 Other Notable Events September Virginia State Fair February James River Film Festival The fair has something for everyone: The weeklong event screens indepen- rides, games, livestock and small Maymont Flower and dent ﬁlms from around the world. animal shows, baking contests and Garden Show plenty of music. For nearly 20 years, this annual garden show has injected some May color to mid-winter. Henricus Publick Day Friday Cheers It’s a day of Colonial fun with food, From May through June hear great crafts, military drills and the March bands and relax on Brown’s Island. reenactment of Pocahontas’s wedding. Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k Hanover Heritage Day Vegetarian Festival Join some 24,000 others for the October race voted the best road race in A kid-friendly event held at the The big draw is the meatless food historic Hanover Courthouse, the but it also offers a marketplace and the Southeast. Chesterﬁeld Air Show event provides many hands-on live entertainment. Along with vintage and modern activities from by-gone times. aircraft displays, enjoy several hours April of aerial performances. July Strawberry Hill Races June Hanover Tomato Festival Celebrate spring at Colonial Downs November with exciting steeplechase racing River City Beer and With 200 arts and crafts vendors and Seafood Festival musical groups, there’s more to this featuring elite thoroughbreds. Richmond Marathon Discover the difference between festival than its world famous tomatoes. With 10,000 runners, it’s “America’s lager and stout. Friendliest Marathon.” August James River Adventure Games Jump in or just watch as thousands Carytown Watermelon Festival December descend on the James for kayaking, The popular shopping district becomes wakeboarding, a triathlon and more. Grand Illumination and the a pedestrian zone with delicious Christmas Parade watermelon and sidewalk sales. Downtown comes alive with a Ashland Strawberry Faire million holiday lights. Catch the Celebrate the red berry with shortcake, accompanying Christmas Parade. drinks, breads and more. GardenFest of Lights More than a half million lights arranged in botanical themes throughout the extensive gardens. 30 31 Ethnic Dining Visitor Information W B hen it comes to dining efore you begin exploring our On the Ground options, it’s a small world historic and dynamic Region, If you prefer ground travel, you can in the Richmond Region. take a moment to stop by one access the Richmond Region by The Region counts more than 900 of our Visitor Centers. automobile, bus or train. Amtrak restaurants. There are small, local has two stations in the area: Main At either location our staff is eateries on nearly every corner of the Street Station located in downtown available to assist you with tour Fan, Shockoe Slip and Cary Street while Richmond and Staples Mill Station, suggestions, hotel reservations and many larger establishments can be found located approximately 10 miles west free regional maps. When your trip in the commercial districts of Henrico of downtown. Greyhound/Trailways is over, be sure to take home a piece County’s Broad Street or Chesterﬁeld’s has a terminal only minutes from of the Richmond Region with one of Midlothian Turnpike. And while the downtown Richmond. If you’re the numerous items available in our Region has its share of smoky, ﬁnger- driving your own car or renting main location’s gift shop. lickin’ Southern barbecue, cheese grits one here, you’ll ﬁnd that the Region’s and biscuits, you’re never far from a Visitor Centers minimal trafﬁc makes traveling menu that features more diverse fare. Main location throughout the area a breeze. Here it’s easy to ﬁll your plate with From the tastes of India, a few miles in international menus. any direction will allow you to savor Where to Stay You can start by sharing a big the ﬂavors of the Far East at one of From the ritzy to the relaxed, we have a communal platter of East African food the area’s many establishments like hotel to meet every need. Airport location at Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. Or rather Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant where than Nile’s airy njera bread, dig into the pho, noodles and ﬁsh exude the tortillas at a Mexican restaurant like delicate ﬂavors of Vietnam. Or head to La Siesta in Chesterﬁeld. At Indian Shockoe Bottom where turning a corner restaurants like Curry House in is like jetting around the world; Europa How to Get Here More Info Online Henrico County, the ﬂatbread of choice Mediterranean Café serves tapas and Traveling to the Richmond Region For local tips—from what to wear to may be freshly baked naan. The buffet Mediterranean dishes while there’s couldn’t be easier. Within a day’s liquor laws and customs—check online lets you try many new dishes at once. hoppin’ Cuban food not far away at drive of half of the U.S. population, at www.VisitRichmondVa.com. Havana ‘59 and Japanese down the we’re easy to get to from Interstates block at Hana Zushi. 95 and 64. Located two hours south But if you still have a craving for of Washington, D.C. and two hours some traditional Southern fare, try the west of the Atlantic Coast, we’re elegant and cozy Julep’s New Southern easily accessible by plane, train, Cuisine or get a fried ﬁsh boat and a motorcoach or automobile. side of cornbread at Croaker’s Spot in By Air Jackson Ward. Or ﬁnd new southern The Richmond International Airport cuisine with a focus on local and (RIC) is located 15 minutes from regional ingredients at Michelle’s at downtown. Major carriers and Hanover Tavern. regional airlines—including AirTran No matter if it’s paella or teriyaki, and JetBlue, as well as American, search for it online at www.Visit Continental, Delta, Northwest, United RichmondVa.com. and USAirways—offer non-stop ﬂights to 21 cities and connecting ﬂights to destinations worldwide. 32 33 Map Spread with Flap Map Spread with Flap 34 35 IV ER INY R HOM KA IC CH Get Swept Up by the Richmond Region’s cultures.
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