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What happened on the Ninth of Av?

A Historical Overview


The 9th of AvTisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day specially cursed by G‑d.

Picture this: The year is 1313 BCE. The Israelites are in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and are now poised to enter thePromised Land. But first they dispatch a reconnaissance mission to assist in formulating a prudent battle strategy. The spies return on the eighth day of Avand report that the land is unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cry. They insist that they'd rather go backThe Jews were shocked to realize that their Second Temple was destroyed the same day as the first to Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. G‑d is highly displeased by this public demonstration of distrust in His power, and consequently that generation of Israelites never enters theHoly Land. Only their children have that privilege, after wandering in the desert for another 38 years.

The First Temple was also destroyed on the 9th of Av (423 BCE). Five centuries later (in 69 CE), as the Romans drew closer to the Second Temple, ready to torch it, the Jews were shocked to realize that their Second Temple was destroyed the same day as the first.

When the Jews rebelled against Roman rule, they believed that their leader,Simon bar Kochba, would fulfill their messianic longings. But their hopes were cruelly dashed in 133 CE as the Jewish rebels were brutally butchered in the final battle at Betar. The date of the massacre? Of course—the 9th of Av!

One year after their conquest of Betar, the Romans plowed over the Temple Mount, our nation's holiest site.

The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 CE on, you guessed it, Tisha b'Av. In 1492, the Golden Age of Spain came to a close when Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand ordered that the Jews be banished from the land. The edict of expulsion was signed on March 31, 1492, and the Jews were given exactly four months to put their affairs in order and leave the country. The Hebrew date on which no Jew was allowed any longer to remain in the land where he had enjoyed welcome and prosperity? Oh, by now you know it—the 9th of Av.

The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 CE on, you guessed it, Tisha b'AvReady for just one more? World War II and the Holocaust, historians conclude, was actually the long drawn-out conclusion of World War I that began in 1914. And yes, amazingly enough, Germany declared war on Russia, effectively catapulting the First World War into motion, on the 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av.

What do you make of all this? Jews see this as another confirmation of the deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard; events – even terrible ones – are part of a Divine plan and have spiritual meaning. The message of time is that everything has a rational purpose, even though we don't understand it.

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My name is L. Shirley Harvey, telephone number 232-4832.  Check me out at the Richmond Radiant Light Newspaper at 

Tonight I wish to inform my fellow Richmonders that in order to understand Richmond now, you must remember the past.  It is still the Capital of the Confederacy because our so called leaders do not care how the people feel or what they think.  Our leaders do what they choose, not what is required.  Employees and board members of leading business organizations here are paid with our funds to sit around all day thinking up ways to spend our money and bond issues on endeavors they , not us would like to see come to pass.  It doesn’t matter if the plan doesn’t make sense or how much it cost.  It’s our money, not theirs.

Without erecting one single building there is a group of African Americans here in Richmond who can put thousands of people to work with great new products, inventions and needed services.  Yet nobody will hear them or provide them with funds because they are not in the boule.  They don’t rub shoulders with the elite.  They just have great ideas and a great work ethic.  They deserve a chance to show what they can do.   

Some of the richest people in Richmond are members of Venture Richmond.   Why are these members that brought us Main Street Station, the Sixth Street Marketplace, the Convention Center (all flops) still allowed to make decisions for us?  Why is there no wide spectrum of the population allowed to participate in these organizations?  The fact that Ellen Robertson of the 6th District is a member of The Visitors and Convention Bureau and also on the board of Venture Richmond tells us that she will for vote for placing the ball park in Shockoe Bottom because she helped develop the plan.  She is already committed to Venture Richmond and to her, we, the people of Richmond, do not matter. 

Why is John Berry still around as leader of anything for us?   Why do James and Bobby Ukrop have their hands in seemingly all the business organizations, the sports venues, the food stores, the RRHA Board, the Farmer’s market and everything else?  Why is there seldom a change in this leadership?

Does anyone remember that the current food market in Church Hill was taken from Johnny Johnson and supposedly given to a Ukrop’s relative?   

Does anyone remember that Dwight Jones, your mayor, your reverend, your Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) member, and the President of Venture Richmond was challenged in past years because he did not actually live in the district he represented?  Remember when some members of his church sued him for money that they said he misused?  When the court asked to see the books, a mysterious fire happened in Dwight’s office and only the ledgers concerning the money were burned up.  The citizens put him in power and the citizens have the power to take him out. Now that he has been selected as chairman of the democratic party in addition to all these other duties, it is evidence that Dwight’s plan all along is to be backed by his rich partners to be our next governor.  Where is the FBI when you need them?  Bob McDonnell must be innocent if Dwight Jones can get away with this fiasco.

Richmond is still the Capital of the Confederacy because racism (classism) still exists. This council, and big business organizations and big time non-profit organizations are attempting to replace the people in Richmond with the people they desire.  We have overwhelmingly stated that we do not want another ballpark.  But the Council does not hear us.  We demand our right to thrive and exist.  We have ideas, too.    

Yes, the capital of the Confederacy still exists here in Richmond.  The rich whites and prominent blacks (the boule) against all the rest of us.  Our citizens deserve to be prosperous.  We have paid for that right.   

We can no longer wait to see how the council votes on the placement of the ballpark.  We must organize now and unify to succeed at putting caring members of our community in leadership positions.  Let’s have a recall vote against the mayor and this Council.  My name is L. Shirley Harvey.  Let’s work together for the rights of all Richmond Citizens.  




Board of directors


Chairman and CEO

Jacqueline McClenney-Wallace*   Father in the Boule, former president of Consolidated Bank 
President, McClenney Wallace, PC

Vice chairman and chairman of executive committee

Mary Doswell
Senior vice president, Alternative Energy Solutions, Dominion


Dwight C. Jones**  Reverend, Boule Member, Mayor, Head of Democratic Party for Virginia  
Mayor, City of Richmond

Immediate past chairman and CEO

Robert W. Woltz Jr.*


Mark R. Merhige*  Owned lot of land in Shockoe in bottom.  Father was a judge. 
President, The Shockoe Company


Thomas Brown*
Vice chairman, Rutherford

General Counsel

John W. Bates III, Esq.***
Partner, McGuire Woods LLP

Assistant Secretary

Jacquelyn E. Stone
Partner, McGuire Woods LLP

Board members 

  • There is nobody on this group that represents the regular citizen in Richmond.
  • Farhad Aghdami*   In this to make it seem like the group is multi-cultural 
    Partner, Williams Mullen
  • Ken Ampy*
    CEO, Astyra Corporation
  • Robert Angle
    Partner, Troutman Sanders
  • Ed Ayers*
    President, University of Richmond
  • Stephen E. Baril
    Attorney, Sands Anderson
  • William Beale*
    CEO, Union First Market Bank
  • Peter Bernard*
    CEO, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
  • Jean Boone
    Advertising director, Richmond Free Press  They hope to continue to make money from Richmond (Boule lover)
  • Margaret Bowen*
    Vice president, Human Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions, Reynolds Packaging Group
  • Yvonne Brandon** Gone, but Dwight has brought in his own person named Bedden.Dwight's son is on the school board 
    Richmond Public Schools, Superintendant   
  • Aisha Bullard
    Central Virginia Family Services
  • Stacy Burrs*
    Owner/president, Capacity Development, LLC
  • Tim Butturini* 
    Regional president, Wells Fargo Bank
  • James Carleton**
    Chairman, RRHA Board of Commissioners
  • Peter Chapman**
    Deputy CAO, City of Richmond
  • Jonathan Coleman
    The New Y-Capp, Inc.
  • Sharon Dabney-Wooldridge*
    President and CEO            
    The Klean Kare Team
  • Tim Davey*
    Vice president, business development, Timmons Group
  • Patrick Farrell*
    CEO, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
  • Candace Formacek*
    Vice president and treasurer, Universal Corporation
  • Moses Foster*
    President and CEO, West Cary Group
  • Jerry Fox
    Partner-In-Charge, Cherry, Bekaert and Holland
  • B. Keith Fulton*
    Vice president, Mid-Atlantic Region and State Government Affairs, Verizon
  • Stephen Gannon*
    EVP and Deputy General Counsel, Capital One
  • Gary Gore*
    Managing Director of U.S. Trust/BofA Private Wealth Management/Richmond Market President, Bank of America
  • Thomas E. Gottwald*
    President and CEO, NewMarket Corporation
  • Robert J. Grey, Jr., Esq.  in the boule
    Partner, Hunton and Williams
  • Brenton S. Halsey
    Chairman emeritus, James River Corporation
  • Adam Harrell*  in the boule
    Co-managing partner, Harrell and Chambliss
  • Monroe E. Harris, Jr., DMD 
    Principal, Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery
  • Bruce R. Hazelgrove, III*
    Vice president, Corporate Resources, NewMarket Corporation
  • Devon Henry*
    CEO and President, Team Henry Enterprises
  • C.T. Hill**  Former head of Crestar Bank 
  • Brian K. Jackson*   in the boule worked with Henry Marsh
    Partner, Hirschler Fleischer
  • Darius Johnson*
    President, Premier Bank, Consolidated Division
  • Kenneth S. Johnson*  In the boule 
    President, Johnson, Inc.
  • Kenneth Jones
    President and CEO, Prestige Construction
  • Rev. Michael J. Jones
    Senior pastor, Village of Faith Ministries
  • Bruce Kay
    Vice president, Markel Corporation
  • C. Burke King*
    President, Virginia market, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Jon King  In the boule
    CEO, Exclusive Staffing
  • Justin Knight
    President, Apple REIT
  • Otto Konrad
    Partner, Kaufman and Canoles
  • Jeffrey M. Lacker*
    President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 
  • Richard Lambert
    Vice president/general manager, Scott’s Funeral Home
  • Michael Laming*
    Director, Human Resources, Genworth Financial
  • Nico de Leon*
    President, NXL
  • Charles Macfarlane*
    Managing member, MacFarlane Partners
  • Sal Mancuso*
    Vice president and treasurer, Altria Group, Inc.
  • David Mills
    SVP and corporate secretary, K-Line America, Inc.
  • Rumy Mohta
    CEO, Atlas Branding and Communications
  • John Molster *
    Managing director, Scott and Stringfellow
  • Jay Moore*
    Partner, Hunton and Williams
  • Thomas Osgood
    EVP, CFO and CAO, Xenith Bank
  • Harold Parker, Jr.*  was with black businessmen
    Owner, Old Dominion Electrical Supply
  • Angela Patton
    Founder, Camp Diva
  • Claude Perkins*
    President, Virginia Union University
  • Burt Pinnock
    Principal, BAM Architects
  • Michael Rao*
    President, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Gary L. Rhodes*
    President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • John Rivers
    Manager, Regional Sales, Cisco Systems
  • Ellen Robertson**
    Vice president, Richmond City Council
  • Dr. Pamela Royal*  Father is Frank Royal who is in the boule
    CEO, Royal Dermatology and Aesthetic
  • Charles Samuels**
    President, Richmond City Council
  • Lisa Schaffner*
    Director of Public Relations and Marketing, United Network for Organ Sharing
  • Linda Schreiner*
    SVP, Human Resources and Communications, MeadWestvaco
  • Thomas Silvestri*
    President and publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Oliver Singleton*
    President/CEO, The Metropolitan Business League
  • Dwight Snead
    President, Dwight Snead Construction
  • Ronald Stallings
    CEO, Walker Row Partnership
  • James Theobald*
    Chairman, Hirschler Fleischer
  • Andrew Thornton*
    President, LaDifference
  • Dr. Eugene P. Trani**  took a lot of money from the city as president of VCU
    President emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Albert W. Thweatt, Sr.  In the boule
    CEO, Alrod Enterprises
  • James E. Ukrop*   Now tell me why is he here
    Principal, New Richmond Ventures
  • Mark Van Sumeren*
    Executive vice president, Business Development, Owens and Minor
  • Leonard Venter
    Managing partner, LAV and Associates
  • Jason Vickers-Smith
    Principal, WVS Companies
  • Marilyn West*
    President and CEO, M. H. West and Co.
  • Brian White  owns senior citizen complexes and property in Shockoe Bottom                                                Principal, SWA Construction
  • Matt Williams* 
    CEO, The Martin Agency
  • Michael Zajur*  Just for show 
    Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce