Jackson Ward, Richmond
Known as the Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward is known for its strong black heritage and culture. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, allowing for generous tax credits for people willing to renovate decaying homes. Maggie Walker, the first woman bank president, has a home in the neighbourhood. Architecturally the neighbourhood is highlighted with a mix of Victorian, Italianate, Greek Revival and Romanesque style homes. The neighbourhood also has over half of Richmond's antebellum buildings. Wrought iron porches are some of the finest in the nation. Continuing efforts are now under way to help preserve and restore one of Richmond's most historic neighbourhoods.
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Fondest memory: As Christian and I walked through the neighbourhood on a self-guided tour, we met some friendly people. On the front porch of the house (third picture) an elderly lady helped us find the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson statue. A little further down the road, another resident helped us find the Fire and Police Museum. As an added bonus, we found an old dairy that has now been converted into flats that still have the old dairy's giant milk bottle logo.