Escaping Richmond

By the time it was over, both Browns and Mitchells had escaped Richmond. In 1859, a man known to Julia Mitchell as her slave, Stepney, ran away. Mitchell, a widow of jeweler William Mitchell, Jr., likely lived on Franklin Street, across from where Greenleaf’s Pool Room is now in that year. William had died in … More Escaping Richmond

“Statements Which Do the South No Good”

John Mitchell, Jr. didn’t directly denounce the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Memorial when white Richmond unveiled the granite shaft on Libby Hill in 1894. The editor of the Richmond Planet had greeted the Lee Memorial on Monument Avenue four years before with a broadside of sarcasm and deadpan so pungent that his quips are frequently … More “Statements Which Do the South No Good”