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 Proposed Demolition of Richmond Community Hospital 

March 2, 2023 

 BHMVA has released the following statement regarding VUU’s plans to demolish the Richmond Community Hospital historic site: 

The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia is committed to telling, interpreting, and preserving stories that inspire by commemorating the rich historical tapestry of the African American community throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The historic Richmond Community Hospital site on Overbrook Road represents an important part of that history, as it was the first Black-owned and operated hospital in Richmond to serve Black people. The hospital also enabled many African American physicians and medical professionals in the region to make an indelible mark on healthcare, and their contributions helped lay the foundation for the work and achievements of many Black medical professionals across our nation today. BHMVA denounces the destruction of any such historical sites, which demonstrate the rich culture and moving histories of Black Virginians. It is our hope that those in leadership at Virginia Union University will continue to engage with its trusted and valued community partners in a meaningful way to ensure that the legacy of the site is not only honored but preserved for generations to come. 

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