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A treasure trove of history

Jackson Ward couple discovers legal papers of civil rights icon Roland J. ‘Duke’ Ealey

Five years into the renovation of a 143-year-old brick house on East Clay Street in Jackson Ward, James Vigeant’s work halted. To his surprise and amazement, he found an unexpected treasure — 144 moldy boxes filled with the decaying legal papers of one of Richmond’s legal giants, Roland J. “Duke” Ealey.