Mrs. Hawkins

Mrs. Hawkins

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‘If These Walls Could Talk’

Shirley Hawkins’ book details Jackson Ward home that served as training center for blind and visually-impaired workers

When Shirley Hawkins met preservationist Zarina Fazaldin in 2016, it was to share what she remembered about her former workplace, the Richmond Workshop for the Blind, once located inside 508 St. James St. in Historic Jackson Ward. Writing a book about it was the last thing on Mrs. Hawkins’ mind.