Dr. Patricia Bath, whose patents advanced cataract treatment, dies at 76

Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering ophthalmologist who became the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts, has died. She was 76.

Boston church stamping Harriet Tubman on its $20 bills

Three years ago, the Treasury Department announced that it would put Harriet Tubman’s face on the front of the $20 bill by 2020. A portrait of the abolitionist, championed by activists, would replace that of President Andrew Jackson, who would ...

SBC president: Racial insensitivity disregards the gospel

Speaking at a black church last Sunday in a city that is nearly 75 percent African-American, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. J.D. Greear, said white Christians who are racially insensitive are disregarding the gospel.

Evergreen Cemetery receives international recognition

Evergreen Cemetery, the historic burial ground of such Richmond greats as businesswoman Maggie L. Walker and crusading newspaper editor John Mitchell Jr. as well as thousands of other African-Americans, has just garnered international recognition.

Benjamin J. Lambert IV, financial advisor and civic leader, dies at 52

Benjamin J. Lambert IV, a member the prominent Lambert family whose many members have long contributed to the civic, social and political fabric of the Richmond area, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at his residence in the Midlothian section of ...

Legendary queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created New Orleans’ first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons, broke the city’s segregation laws by seating white and black customers together and introduced countless tourists to Southern Louisiana Creole cooking, ...

Willie Lee Ford Jr., a founder of The Dramatics, dies at 68

Willie Lee Ford Jr., one of the founders of the soul group, The Dramatics, whose bass voice anchored their best known hits in the 1970s, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He was 68.

Report notes U.S. Jews of color overlooked, undercounted

The typical photo of American Jews on synagogue websites, camp brochures and Jewish organizations’ fliers features happy-looking white people.

Dr. Roy A. West, former Richmond mayor, educator, dies at 89

Dr. Roy A. West, a decisive and outspoken man known for his strong opinions and who exercised power at City Hall as mayor while playing an influential role in public education in Richmond, has died.

Dr. John E. Settle Jr., retired veterinarian, dies at 79

Dr. John Edwin Settle Jr. cared for untold numbers of dogs, cats and other pets for more than 30 years at the veterinary hospital he founded and ran in Henrico County.

Kenneth A. Merritt Sr., who helped Maggie L. Walker High win 1971 state championship, dies at 66

Kenneth Archie Merritt Sr., the point guard who helped Maggie L. Walker High School to the State Group AAA state basketball championship in 1971, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Former St. Philip’s rector consecrated as bishop of West Tenn.

The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, 55, former rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, was officially consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee on May 4 in Memphis.

Mandala: Sacred art

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India create a sand mandala at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently to share Tibet’s sacred visual and performing arts with area audiences.

Gregory installed as first African-American archbishop of Washington

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington installed Wilton Gregory as its archbishop on Tuesday, ushering in a new era for a community marred by recent scandals involving sex abuse.

Texas church opens new sanctuary more than a year after massacre

A South Texas church began its next chapter of worship last Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting ...