We offer the City of Richmond this proposal knowing that few other cities in America have Richmond’s unique history of division marked by race, money, and by letting our common fears wash over our optimism. This is our shared history. And it will shape our path forward.
About the Navy Hill neighborhood
The Navy Hill neighborhood, so named as a tribute to nearby naval victories during the War of 1812, was settled by German immigrants and in the early 1900s became a thriving African-American community. Navy Hill School was the first Richmond public school to employ black teachers; Maggie L. Walker was among its many graduates. The Richmond Home for Ladies, formed in 1883 as a home for senior women, was located in Navy Hill.
In the 1960s, major construction destroyed Navy Hill, starting with Interstate 95 and, later, development of the Richmond Coliseum. The school closed in September 1965 and students were transferred to Baker and Carver.
The construction secured Richmond’s place on America’s major East Coast highway, but at the high price of eliminating a vital, historic neighborhood.
So named for the Navy Hill neighborhood that it seeks to re-invent, the NH District Corp. and the affiliated NH Foundation were formed with one mission: build an important and diverse new Richmond neighborhood to positively impact the entire city.
NH Foundation is:
Thomas F. Farrell, II
Martin J. "Marty" Barrington
William H. "Bill" Goodwin Jr.
Monroe Harris, D.M.D.
Pamela Royal, M.D.