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Out of the Past

Sisters Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon are using their nonprofit, the JXN Project, to explore the lost grandeur of Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood


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The Franklin Street Gem

The concerts. The basketball games. The brushes with celebrity. Seventy years after Franklin Street Gym opened, two years after it was torn down and as a new building rises where it once stood, an ode to VCU’s beloved, sweltering, cubby-size gymnasium ... and all it witnessed.

Jaden Mitchell


Art Is Afoot

Inspired by social media, Jaden Mitchell, a sprinter on the VCU track and field team, started making sneaker art. Now his painted kicks are worn by NBA and Olympic stars.

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Letters from Franklin Street

Stories from alumni underscore Franklin Street Gym’s charm. Among them: a chance encounter with a future basketball Hall of Famer and an underwater photo shoot.

Terry Austin’s encore

The band director’s friends, colleagues and former students celebrate his VCU career — and retirement — with a concert in his honor

A star is born

Glass artist Neil Duman takes us into his workshop to share how he created the 2022 VCU Alumni Stars awards


A black man receives a vaccine from a doctor


The roots of medical mistrust

In his ethics course, dentistry professor Carlos Smith teaches the dark history of medical exploitation of Blacks in America — and how to address its persistent effects

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