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A brief history of Richmond's Monument Avenue

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Richmond’s Civil War monuments are part of the city’s landscape – an appeal to public memory. For some, that memory is rooted in pride. For others, it’s pain.

This historical timeline tells the story of the monuments that have stood high over the avenue - and the street itself. The video was produced Shelby Lum, Times-Dispatch staff photographer, and Nicole Kappatos, Times-Dispatch archivist. It's narrated by RTD columnist Jeff Schapiro.

Over the course of several months, Lum and Kappatos compiled a historical timeline using major dates for the construction of the statues on Monument Avenue.

With that timeline, they combed through archival resources to see what local papers, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Planet were reporting at the time of the statues’ construction. The goal was to give a historically accurate painting using newspaper-related sources, of what was happening in the Richmond community at the time the monuments were created.  The Times-Dispatch archives, the Valentine and the Library of Congress were used to tell the story.

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