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Historic Jackson Ward Association Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: UNOS
501 N. 2nd Street
Corner of N. 2nd & Clay Street, please use on street parking
Meetings are held every other month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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HJWA Strategic Plan

Thanks to all of your hard work, the HJWA Strategic Plan is ready to go, committees are formed, and we are prepared to get started in making all of these wonderful ideas for our community become a reality. To see the Strategic Plan, click here, "Strategic Plan 2015" This is a working document, so changes will be made as necessary. If you are not already on a committee, please consider joining the one that interests you most by emailing us at

Historic Jackson Ward 2017 Holiday Party

What a great time was had by all at the HJWA Holiday Party held at Sahara Mediterranean Grill on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make it happen and to all those who came out to join in neighborly holiday fun! To see pictures from our 2017 Holiday Party, go to: "HJWA Holiday Party 2017"

HJWA October 2017 Update

Please click on link below to view the HJWA October 2017 Update from Marilyn Milio, HJWA President.
HJWA Update, October 2017

The Valentine Launches New"Controversy/History" Series

RICHMOND – The Valentine has launched their new “Controversy/History” series which will explore contentious, present-day issues by comparing historic debates to modern data. With Controversy/History, the Valentine has re-envisioned their long-running Community Conversation series to continue encouraging sometimes uncomfortable but always relevant discussions that inspire action and promote progress. “The Valentine is dedicated to providing Richmond residents with a space to have constructive, informed discussions about relevant topics,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Our new Controversy/History series will use stories from our past and on-the-ground data from our present to examine the issues that mean the most to the people of the Greater Richmond region.” At each of these events, Martin and radio host Kelli Lemon will provide biographies of individuals with opposing viewpoints from Richmond's past. Expert speakers will then present 21st century data that explains how these disagreements have developed and shifted over time. "It is important to have real, tough, honest conversations about our past so we can move our city forward,” said Kelli Lemon. “I'm excited to be taking part in this platform created by the Valentine to expose all angles of some hard topics and allow us to leave the conversations with takeaways that can be applied to our current situation.” A moderated, in-depth conversation among attendees will follow. Finally, the Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) will provide audience members with a list of concrete steps they can take to make a difference in their community.

Here is a complete list of dates and topics:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Social Stability: Voting Rights & Redistricting
Featured Speaker: Corinna Barrett Lain
S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law
University of Richmond

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Quality Place: Monuments & Tourism

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Job Creation: Immigration

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Coordinated Transportation: The Interstate Highway System

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
History Makers Tie-In

The Valentine is excited to be partnering with the Capital Region Collaborative and aligning discussion topics with their regional priorities.

Abner Clay Park Conceptual Plan

Please click on the link below to view the conceptual plan for Abner Clay Park as presented at our September HJWA meeting held on Tuesday, September 19th.
Abner Clay Park Conceptual Plan

HJWA September 2017 Update

Please click on link below to view the HJWA September 2017 Update from Marilyn Milio, HJWA President.
HJWA Update, September 2017

National Night Out, 2017

National Night Out 2017 in Historic Jackson Ward was such a fun way to spend time with friends, enjoy seeing children playing in the bouncy houses, consume fantastic food from the grill, and support our neighborhood along with police, fire and rescue in the fight against crime. Thank you to Sixth Mount Zion for organizing such a wonderful evening and to those from HJWA who manned our table, giving out backpacks donated from CARITAS. To see pictures from our 2017 National Night Out, go to: "National Night Out 2017"

HJWA Update for July, 2017

Please click on link below to view the HJWA, July 2017 Update from Marilyn Milio, HJWA President.
HJWA Update, July 2017

Clean and Green, Saturday July 8th

VCU and HJWA Saturday July 8, 2017 8am – noon. Meet at the Abner Clay Gazebo to volunteer. Please note that if you know of bulk trash in the alleys, we need the locations ASAP. We are in need of volunteers. Please email Attn: Marilyn if you are able to volunteer. We have tees, gloves and supplies.

Dedication of the Maggie Walker Statue

July 15th 10am – 3pm Broad Street at Adams Street, Richmond, Virginia. Join us for the dedication of a new monument honoring Maggie L. Walker, including ceremony and speakers, followed by a ranger-led guided walking tour to Mrs. Walker's Jackson Ward home immediately following the ceremony. For more information, or call (804) 771-2017, ext. 0 Note: there is also a guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery in the evening, led by Ajena Rogers.

HJWA Update

Please click on link below to view the HJWA 2017 Update from Marilyn Milio, HJWA President.
HJWA Update, May 2017

Historic Jackson Ward Association Holiday Party

A beautiful evening with a delicious mediterranean meal, dancing, great friends, meeting new people, and celebrating this holiday season in Historic Jackson Ward! To see pictures from our 2016 Holiday Party, go to: "HJWA Holiday Party, 2016"

August edition of the VCU Police Grey Stripe newsletter

In this edition you will find updates on promotions and staffing, recent awards, thank-you notes from the community and information on an upcoming softball tournament for local law enforcement agencies. The Sept. 24 tournament will benefit the Children's Hospital at VCU (Children's Hospital Foundation) and VCU Police will have a team!

We're excited for the academic year to start and look forward to strengthening partnerships with our neighbors. As always, if you have ideas for collaboration and outreach, please let Officer Greg Felton (HJWA Safety Committee) know. Please click here to view newsletter: "August Edition, VCU Police Grey Stripe Newsletter"

GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit Project Updates

Construction of the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit project has begun. As construction of the Pulse BRT continues, weekly project updates to keep you informed of upcoming construction activities will be provided with real-time updates via Twitter. You can follow these updates by clicking here: "" If link does not take you there, right click and open in new tab.

National Night Out, 2016

A perfect evening in every way, tonight's NNO celebration held at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church was packed with fun, and everyone had a fantastic time together.

To see more pictures from the event, go to: "National Night Out, 2016"

Spring Clean Up Day, 2016

Thank you to all of you who came out on this gorgeous Saturday morning for our Spring Clean Up Day. Neighbors, fire fighters from Co. 5, RPD officers, VCU students from Paint the Town Green, VCU fraternity members from Delta Chi, even skate boarders who wanted to help out came together to make our community trash free and beautiful. There were 45 in all, and working together, what a positive impact they made! To see the pictures from today's event, go to: "Spring Clean Up Day Slideshow"

Members of Upsilon Nu Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Adopt Duval St. and Keep it Clean!

Many thanks to the members of Upsilon Nu Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. of which Charles Finley was a member and encouraged his fraternity to participate in our bi-annual Clean Up Days. They continue to keep Duval Street, one of the most difficult streets to keep clean in Historic Jackson Ward, clean and safe by doing their own clean ups throughout the year. We are so grateful to you all! To see all of the pictures from their most recent clean ups on Duval St., click here: "Slide Show"

Fall Clean Up Day, beautiful weather, beautiful neighbors working together

Our Fall Clean Up was very successful once again. Twenty four neighbors from the ages of 5 to 80 came out on a brisk, sunny Saturday morning for breakfast in the park before heading out to clean up the streets of our neighborhood. Thank you to Janet and Jack for all the work they did along the fence line on Leigh Street and to Lynne for cleaning up all of Duval and the 700 block of 1st Street before even arriving at our Official Clean Up Day. What great team effort by all who joined us! Thank you! To see the pictures from today's event, go to: "Fall Clean Up Day Slideshow"

Historical Marker Unveiled on 2nd St.

Venture Richmond applied for a historical marker to be placed on 2nd Street in honor of the Miller/Eggleston Hotel, and the marker was approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and was unveiled in early October, 2015, at the former site of the hotel at 2nd and Leigh Streets. The hotel opened in 1904 and was demolished in 2009. The hotel hosted regional and national black luminaries, celebrities, tourists, and leaders including Booker T. Washington. Built by William "Buck" Miller, Miller's Hotel was one of a handful in Richmond to offer black customers fine accommodations, a rarity in the segregated South. Its success reflected the entrepreneurial and professional efforts of the residents of Jackson Ward, widely considered "The Birthplace of Black Capitalism." Under subsequent owner Neverett Eggleston, the renamed Eggleston Hotel was a hotspot beginning in 1943, hosting such entertainers as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Redd Fox. Speakers for the unveiling include Mayor Dwight C. Jones, 2nd District Councilman Charles Samuels, Neverette Eggleston, Sr., Ben Anderson, National Park Service and a representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Historic Resources.

UCI Road World Championships

Sir James, artist, Marilyn Milio, HJWA Vice President, and the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Ohio

Tribute to the UCI Road World Championships

Great front window tribute to the UCI Road World Championships at Verdalina, 325 W. Broad Street. Take a minute and stop by to see this wonderful display!

What a Great Time at National Night Out 2015

Everyone enjoyed themselves for NNO on August 4, 2015. Many thanks to the sponsors of the event . . . Historic Jackson Ward Association, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

To see more pictures from the event, go to: "National Night Out, 2015"

HJWA Christmas Party was a Blast!

To see more pictures from the event, go to: "HJWA Christmas Party, 2014"

Black History Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Black History Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on Thursday, November 6th in Abner Clay Park, and it was truly inspiring to hear from so many of those who have made it possible to transform the Armory on W. Leigh St. into the new home of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center. Hosted by its Board of Directors and presided over by its Chief Executive Officer, Stacy L. Burrs, the ceremony was wonderfully organized and attended by a standing room only crowd. Remarks were given by Penny McPherson, Marilyn West, the Honorable Levar Stoney, Mayor Dwight Jones, the Honorable Robert "Bobby" Scott, Jennifer Hunter from Altria, Iris Holliday from Dominion Resources, and Dr. Monroe Harris Jr.

Harvest Fest 2014 held on October 29th!

Many thanks to Del. Jennifer McClellan who once again hosted Harvest Fest for all of the children and their families. A safe way to trick or treat, this event is highly popular with the families in this area. Free pizza, drinks, ice cream cones and tons and tons of candy are given out in the two hours the even takes place at the Siegel Center. Even our very own governor was in attendance handing out candy to the little ones. With games, hoola hoops, face painting, balloon animals and much, much more, there was fun to be had for all! To see more pictures from the event, go to: "Harvest Fest Slideshow"

Fall Clean Up Day Such a Success!

Our fall Clean Up Day held on Saturday October 18th was once again a huge success. The weather was perfect, and we had so many neighbors come out to help that we were done in no time. Those who could not come or could only come for a few minutes helped in their own way by cleaning up an area ahead of time. Thank you to Marilyn, Janet and Lynne for taking on their own clean up projects, and thank you to all of you who came out so early on a Saturday morning to join us in such a productive effort! To see the pictures from today's event, go to "Fall Clean Up Day Slideshow"

National Night Out Celebration in Abner Clay Park, 2014

National Night Out was celebrated in Historic Jackson Ward on Tuesday, August 5th. What a huge event with food, drinks, music, dancing, a variety of bounce houses for the children, and community information tables. Senators Warner and McEachin joined us as well as Sheriff CT Woody, Delegate McClellan, and a fantastic showing of our finest police officers.
hjwaorga's NNO_2014 album on Photobucket

Spring Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 12th

Once again, we had a beautiful day for our HJWA Spring Clean Up Day. With a group of 25 volunteers, we went into the streets, alleys and sidewalks and successfully cleaned up our neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who made it out to join in the effort. The above picture is in honor of Liza who could not be with us today due to surgery, but who has never missed a Clean Up Day until today. If you'd like to see all of the pictures from today's Clean Up effort, see below:
hjwaorga's Spring Clean Up Day 2014 album on Photobucket

In Loving Memory . . .

Of Charles Williams Finley
July 4, 1946 - November 17, 2013
hjwaorga's In Memory of Charles Finley album on Photobucket

"THE WARD" Spring 2013 Newsletter

The HJWA Spring 2013 newsletter has been published and mailed to residents and businesses in Historic Jackson Ward. To view the newsletter, click here,
"The Ward" .
Thank you so much to Donna for all the hard work she put into getting this put together and published, and thank you to everyone who contributed to it by writing an article.

Remember, you can go back and look at any of the previous editions of "The Ward" by going to the drop-down menu at the top of any page of this website and clicking on "Newsletter Archives" (Scroll down to last item on list).

Board members and their guests enjoy the Northside Family YMCA 125th Anniversary at the Hippodrome

Need a number at City Hall? Find it Here.

Please click on the following link "City Hall Directory" to find phone numbers for all departments in City Hall.

Please pick up after your Dog!

Please follow the law as referenced by the city code above. But, most of all, pick up after your dog as a kindness to your neighbors and to keep Jackson Ward a beautiful place to live. You'll notice new signs going up around Jackson Ward that say "Don't Litter". A project spearheaded by Liza Steele of the Historic Jackson Ward Association, she is putting up 40 of the stylish-looking signs throughout our neighborhood. Together we can fight against litter and dog waste being left behind. Please remember to do your part! Thanks!

"Tour America's Treasures" Blog about Historic Jackson Ward by Lee Price

Click here to see a beautiful piece written by Lee Price about Historic Jackson Ward: Tour America's Treasures Blog.

Lee Price is the Director of Development at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA). In addition, he blogs on arts and culture subjects at "21 Essays," writes a popular fundraising column for PUBLIC LIBRARIES journal, and recently concluded two limited-duration blogs, "June and Art" and "Preserving a Family Collection." Contact Lee at leeaprice at

Thank you to Bob and Steve for once again decorating the Bojangles Statue park for Christmas!

Each Christmas if you look at the Bojangles Stature park at the corner of Adams and Leigh, you would think that Santa's elves magically swooped in and decorated the lamp posts to make the area so festive. But, actually, it's our very own Bob and Steve from the 400 block of W. Clay Street who not only decorate their entire block and the 100 block of W. Leigh Street, but also do the Bojangles Statue area as well. All of Historic Jackson Ward would like to extend to them a hearty thank you!

Historic Jackson Ward Wins $1,000 Grant from KVB!

Historic Jackson Ward has been awarded a $1,000 grant in the Community Greening and Beautification Category. The KVB grant program focuses greater resources and attention on individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education. In honor of Earth Month, Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is awarding “30 Grants In 30 Days” in April, 2011.

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HJWA Earns Recognition from RPD!

The Historic Jackson Ward Association was recently recognized with a Service to Law Enforcement Award primarily for our National Night Out activities and other relationships we have developed with the Richmond Police Department. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church and Ebenezer Baptist Church were also recognized. Our event was recognized as one of the (if not "the") largest celebrations in the City. Hats off to all of our members who worked to make our NNO activity a huge success.

Sign Our Guestbook If You Feel So Inclined

Have you noticed that we have a Guestbook where you can give us feedback on the website, share some tidbit about the neighborhood, tell us what you think about living in Historic Jackson Ward, etc.? If you have a comment or would just like to see what others have to say, just click on the Guestbook picture. Or, you can click on "Contact Us Today" (last left navigation bar) or use the drop down menu at the top of each webpage throughout the site. If you want an answer to a question, please use the Contact Us Form at the top of the page. Contact Us questions will automatically be emailed to the HJWA webmaster and then forwarded to the appropriate person for a response.

Abner Clay Park Conceptual Master Plan

After many months of planning and meetings with neighbors in the Historic Jackson Ward community, the Community Design Assistance Center has sent us a conceptual master plan of what our future Abner Clay could look like. To see the final report, click here: Abner Clay Park Conceptual Master Plan.

Our next phase in this project will be to prioritize which aspects of the park we would like to work on.

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Link to Graffiti Removal Form

At Tuesday's monthly membership meeting, neighbor Liza Steele gave us an update on ways that the neighborhood can help with the graffiti problem in Jackson Ward.

One very effective way is to ask the owner of property that's been tagged by graffiti vandals to sign a release form authorizing the clean-up of graffiti on the property. Very often, the owner doesn't know that the City will assist in this type of graffiti removal. Liza has approached several property owners and received a great response.

Liza mentioned that she has started carrying copies of the graffiti removal form in her car so that she has it handy if she spots property tagged with graffiti. At the meeting, all of you agreed that this is a very good idea, and asked for the link to the graffiti removal form. Here it is: Graffiti Removal Form

HJWA Strategic Plan

Please take a look at our Strategic Plan goals and objectives. If you have any ideas about how these objectives and goals can be met, contact us through our "Contact Us" page or shoot an email to Charles. We would also love it if you would like to become involved in achieving these goals, so please let us know if you'd like to chair a committee or maybe even start a new one. Any input you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Christmas Decorated Homes and Lamposts in Historic Jackson Ward

(The snow pictures have now been added to the slideshow! Check it out!)

Have you noticed the many beautiful Christmas decoration on various homes and on many of the lamposts in Historic Jackson Ward? If you haven't, now is your chance to take a look at alot of them from the comfort of your own home. If you have, you'd probably still really enjoy seeing them all together in a slide show. Thanks to Steve Hennessee, you can merely click on the link below to see them all. Thanks, Steve! Christmas Decorations Slideshow

FREE Home Safety Benefits from the Richmond Police Department and Fire Department

Is your home safe from unwanted guests? All Richmond City residents are eligible for a FREE Home Security Survey from the Richmond Police Department.

Richmond Police Officers will come to your home and conduct a Home Security Survey and make recommendations to you to ensure your home is protected and safe. Some of the recommendations made will include: doors and locking hardware, windows, lighting and landscaping, just to name a few of what is covered when the officer arrives. If you would like to have someone come to your home and conduct a Home Security Survey, you can call the Community Care Unit at 646-4395 to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you.

Protect your family and home! All City residents are eligible for a FREE benefit from the City Fire Department!

Richmond Firefighters will come into your home and install as many free detectors as they feel necessary to protect you and your family. Please call 804-646-1526 for more information. They will also inspect your current smoke detectors to see if they are working. The Fire Department will replace batteries, as well as smoke detectors deemed too old. In addition, you can call 646-1526 to schedule a free home safety survey. Here's how it works: call to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. A representative from your neighborhood Fire Department will come to your home and look for ways to make your family and house fire safe.

Check this Out! VCU's New Digital Collection Featuring Jackson Ward

VCU Libraries, in cooperation with the City of Richmond, is proud to present a series of photographs documenting Richmond's Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. These photos were taken by John Zehmer as part of a City of Richmond project, and published in 1978 in the book The Jackson Ward Historic District, with text by Robert P. Winthrop, Virginia architect and specialist in the architectural history of Richmond. Included are the full text of the book and a Google Map interface. To see this incredible collection, go to:

HJWA T-Shirts for Sale

Front Back White Historic Jackson Ward T-shirts are for sale now!
Sizes are S, M, L, XL
Available in long ($15.00) and short ($12.00) sleeved
Contact Marilyn Milio to purchase
Phone: (804)643-1680

Check Out the Carver & Jackson Ward News Website!

Link to Sharon Baptist Church Community News

Sharon Baptist Church, located at 22 East Leigh Street, would like to share their community news with us. To view their website "Community News" page, go to: Sharon Baptist Church Link.

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Need a quick reference to find services in our area? Need to direct someone to an organization that helps the homeless? Want to contact the police, fire, rescue in a non-emergency situation? Have a desire to contact our councilman or the mayor? Need to obtain a building permit or inspection? Curious to find information about a piece of property? Looking for a list of the HJWA Board members? Want to visit the Black History Museum or maybe the Richmond Public Library? Click on the question mark to find information and links to with answers to these questions and many more.

Updates on Crime Prevention and the RPD

Please go to the Crime Prevention page to see the latest updates on how our Police Department is working diligently to cut crime in our area.

Membership Application

Click here, Membership Application, for more information or to print the Membership Application form if you are interested in joining the Historic Jackson Ward Association. You do NOT need to be a member to come to meetings, but joining does make you an official voting member.

Funding Requests and Giving Procedures for Assistance from HJWA

Click on Funding Request Guidelines to view HJWA Funding Request Guidelines.

Click on Giving Procedures to view procedures for applying and responding to requests for assistance from the Historic Jackson Ward Association, Inc.

Click on Bylaws to view the 2006 version.

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CAPS Link to Website and CAPS Complaint Form

CAPS (Citizen-Assisted Public Safety) now has a web page on the City of Richmond website. You can visit it directly by clicking on CAPS Link. For the official CAPS Complaint Form, click here: CAPS Complaint Form.