Margaret Rodgers, retired teacher and tech guru for RPS, dies at 75

Margaret Aurelia “Rea” Rodgers was a teacher’s teacher in Richmond Public Schools when it came to computers and technology.

Trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll succumbs to cancer at 84

Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress who quietly blazed a trail for African-American women on American television in the late 1960s by playing a widowed nurse and single mother in “Julia,” died Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

Friends of East End Cemetery wins $25,000 grant

Volunteers who have worked since 2013 to reclaim one of Richmond’s historic and formerly neglected African-American cem- eteries are in high spirits after getting a new financial boost to their efforts to restore and archive a part of black history.

Architect for black history museum in D.C. wins another big commission

The project was an architect’s dream and a potential nightmare: Design a tripartite worship space — to include a Catholic church, a synagogue and a mosque — in the heart of the conflict-ridden Middle East, in order to promote tolerance ...

Barbara W. Rabin, a founder of HOME, dies at 86

Most people take for granted that if they have the money to pay rent or cover a mortgage, they can live anywhere they want in the Richmond area. But that was not the case 50 years ago when skin color ...

International opera star Jessye Norman dies at 74

Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn.

Frank Lloyd Wright synagogue continues 60 years later as work of art

Sixty years ago, just before the Jewish High Holy Days, members of a Conservative synagogue processed into their new sanctuary, marking a new era in their congregational life and in modern religious architecture.

Ramona J. Craighead, longtime educator and community volunteer, dies at 92

Ramona Johnson Craighead “was a nurse to some, a teacher to many and a role model and friend to all,” as her family put it. Mrs. Craighead, a former Richmond educator and community and church volunteer, died Friday, Sept. 13, ...

Ira P. Washington Jr., retired educator and sports enthusiast, dies at 79

For Ira Payne Washington Jr., guiding middle school students to academic achievement was a calling. For nearly 50 years, he was a fixture at Henderson Middle School in Richmond’s North Side where he taught, ran the in-school suspension program and ...

The Rev. George Nelson West, longtime area pastor, succumbs at 95

The Rev. George Nelson West, a longtime area religious leader who served several churches in Richmond, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

Arlington R. Banks, owner of Banks Coin Laundry in Jackson Ward, dies at 81

Arlington Raymond Banks spent much of his life clean- ing the dirt from people’s clothes, towels, sheets and other fabrics. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Mr. Banks operated a coin laundry and dry cleaners in Jackson ...

Resilience after the hurricane

The president of the historically African-American Progressive National Baptist Convention traveled to the Bahamas island of Grand Bahama on Sept. 11 to assess the damage from Hurricane Dorian and came away with stories of damage and determination.

Prayer at the pole

Area ministers and church members gather last Saturday outside Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the East End to pray for students, teachers, administrators and all employees of Richmond Public Schools and other area school districts.

Alexandria seminary announces $1.7M slavery reparations fund

An Episcopal seminary in Alexandria has announced plans to create a $1.7 million endowment fund whose proceeds will support reparations for the school’s ties to slavery.

2 church-sponsored festivals set for Sept. 20, 21 in Church Hill

Back-to-back festivals will be held on church grounds in Church Hill next weekend.