City Council authorizes mayor to accept Lee monument and land from state

The traffic circle at Monument and Allen avenues where the giant monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once stood will soon belong to the City of Richmond.

Free Press mission to educate and empower continues

From its start, the Richmond Free Press has relentlessly sought to impact and improve life for Black Richmonders on a variety of issues.

Councilwoman Trammell takes steps toward 2nd referendum on city casino

Richmond’s plans to allow a private company to create a gambling mecca in South Side collapsed in November when voters opposed to a casino narrowly defeated it by just under 1,500 votes. Now one of the biggest supporters of the ...

School Board votes in new leaders

The Richmond School Board voted in a new chair and vice chair—Shonda Harris- Muhammed, 6th District, and Kenya J. Gibson, 3rd District, respectively.

City CAO: Hold on; bonuses coming

Yes, we plan to award pandemic bonuses of up to $3,000 each to city employees who worked through the pandemic.

City workers launch campaign for collective bargaining

City Hall employees this week launched their campaign to gain the right to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions.

NAACP declines to challenge redistricting; encouraged by meeting with new GOP administration

The new boundaries for Virginia’s election districts for Congress and the General Assembly will not face any immediate legal challenge from the Virginia State Conference NAACP.

Sen. Lucas to receive $330K settlement

The City of Portsmouth will pay state Sen. L. Louise Lucas, the highest ranking Black in the Virginia Senate, $300,0000 under a settlement in a lawsuit she filed after she was charged with damaging a Confederate monument during a 2020 ...

King holiday closings

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 17, please note the following:

Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Area colleges make changes in wake of omicron variant

Virginia State University is moving its spring semester courses online for the first two weeks because of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Virginia to join vax mandate challenges under new GOP governor, AG

Virginia will join other Republican-led states and business groups in challenging Biden administration mandates intended to increase the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate once GOP Gov.-elect Glenn A. Youngkin and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares take office, the two said in a ...

RPS set to reopen Thursday after weather delay and early run on COVID-19 test kits

As school districts across the country consider postponing reopening following the holiday break or instituting remote instruction because of the new wave of COVID-19 infections, Richmond Public Schools stands fast in promoting vaccinations and testing to keep their doors open ...

Democratic AGs continue fight seeking recognition of ERA

Three Democratic attorneys general on Monday sought to persuade a federal appeals court to revive a lawsuit to force the federal government to recognize Virginia’s 2020 vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add it to the Constitution.

City Council expected to provide $300,000 ‘seed money’ for planned slavery museum in Shockoe Bottom

Richmond is poised to pour $300,000 into a new attempt to create a national slavery museum.