In partnership with the Library of Virginia and The JXN Project, RPL is pleased to present The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series. The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia and Jackson Ward in the Black American experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence.
In this third lecture in a six-part series, Gary Flowers will moderate a discussion between panelists Dr. Carmen Foster (the Foster family), Maurice Hopkins (the Maggie L. Walker High School Alumni Association), and Liza Mickens (the Maggie Walker family). They will explore the arch of Jackson Ward through the lens of its past as "Little Africa," its prime as "Black Wall Street" and "Harlem of the South," and its present as the "Historic Jackson Ward District" and "North Jackson," with artifacts and anecdotes from multigenerational Jackson Wardians.
The public is invited to attend these lectures, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative.