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Richmond Slave Trail Events
Sunday, April 10th 3-5 p.m. Emancipation Celebration & Unveiling of the Richmond Slave Trail Markers Join the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, led by Delegate Delores McQuinn, and Governor Robert F. McDonnell, Mayor Dwight C. Jones and members of Richmond City Council for this important step forward along this remarkable, historic path that includes sections of the James River Park System. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m at 17 sites along the trail. Main ceremony is at Lumpkin's Slave Jail site, 1500 E. Franklin St. Free parking. Please RSVP to Del. McQuinn's office: (804) 698-1070 
 
Since JRPS employees have worked so devotedly over the years to improve, take care of, and educate people about the Richmond Slave Trail, which begins at the Ancarrow's Landing section of the park, it's fitting that this is the section where the Friends of James River Park will help unveil one of seventeen new markers that tell a crucial but often overlooked part of Richmond's history that's full of pain and pride. If you'd like to participate in this part of the ceremony, drive to Ancarrow's Landing (Brander St. off Maury St. )and walk west from the parking lot to the second marker overlooking the river. At 3 p.m. we'll recite a litany and then unveil the marker. Then you are welcome to drive to the Lumpkin's Jail site for the rest of the ceremony.  

Saturday, April 16th 9:30-5 p.m Civil War and Emancipation Day FREE
The James River Park System will be an integral part of this free city-wide annual event. Guided tours of the Richmond Slave Trail, Belle Isle, and Brown's Island, the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and the UDC Memorial Building are just some of the offerings available. You can find out much more at The Future of Richmond's Past website. 
FOJRP Wants to Make More Friends this April
As the weather warms up, FOJRP will be out at festivals on weekends, telling folks about the wonderful James River Park System, handing out JRPS license plate applications (until June 1st), and just being all-around friendly-like.  If you'd like to help us make new friends and learn more about what the park and the Friends do, consider helping us staff a table at these upcoming events. You'd be paired with a board member, so you would get friendly on-the-job training. It's fun and a great way to meet park-lovers and encourage more folks to get involved making the JRPS a better place. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Elaine Marolla at ElaineMarolla@yahoo.com if you'd like to help. Thanks!
  
Saturday, April 9th 7:30-10:30  Mission Footprint 5k 903 Forest Ave Richmond
Saturday, April 16th 10-2        Arbor Day at the Carillon at Byrd Park
Saturday, April 23rd  12-5       Earth Day & Fish Festival Floodwall & 14th St. Bridge
  
Waiting on a River Hero (or 3)

 

Our stalwart committee of three FOJRP board members plowed through the 20 awe-inspiring nominations submitted for the River Heroes contest we held in conjunction with The Boathouse. They fished around for three worthy winners, which was easy on the one hand because everyone nominated was worthy, but hard on the other hand because we couldn't have twenty winners. The three River Heroes, whose names can not yet be spoken aloud, have been chosen and told of their award, which includes a $100 gift certificate to The Boathouse, a raft trip for two from Riverside Outiftters, and a year's membership to FOJRP along with an invitation to our May 22nd picnic. I wish I could tell you who the winners are, but I'd have to throw you in the river if I did. The official announcement will come April 22nd. Thanks so much to everyone who nominated all of the wonderful candidates and to Riverside Outfitters and The Boathouse for their generosity. It was a treat to see how many good works so many people are doing for the river and park. 
Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220