The JXN Project endeavors to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jackson Ward by properly contextualizing the origin story of the nation's first historically registered Black urban neighborhood. The project is designed to excavate, elevate, and educate on the hidden histories of Jackson Ward as the "Birthplace of Black Entrepreneurship", an often under-told and overlooked story when discussing the local origins of Black excellence and enterprise in the national narrative.
On September 10, 2021, in honor of Giles. B. Jackson's birthday and as part of its year-long sesquicentennial celebration of Jackson Ward, The JXN Project partnered with Give Black Richmond to pledge a one-time philanthropic donation of $50,000 to support local institutions and|or initiatives that are rooted in and|or have a direct impact across the historic and|or historical footprint of Jackson Ward. This donation includes $1,000 donations to several grassroots entities and $5,000 grants to a handful of community organizations that will help to further expand the reach and impact of the donation across the ward — to include the Historic Jackson Ward Association, Virginia Union University, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, and Jackson Ward Collective. Also, this includes a $10,000 donation to "The Adele Johnson Fund: Supporting Untold Stories" at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. JXN fully recognizes that there is an array of work being done across the ward and we're hopeful that we've captured a representative sample of that work.
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Historic Jackson Ward Association, Virginia Union University, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Armstrong-Walker Classic, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hood Temple AME Zion Church, First African Baptist Church, Mocha Temple No 7 Shrine Club, Friends Association for Children, Astoria Beneficial Club, Theban Beneficial Club, Virginia State Conference NAACP, Urban League of Greater Richmond, Richmond Crusade for Voters, Elegba Folklore Society, Walk The Ward with Gary Flowers, George W. Carver Elementary School, Richmond Alternative School, Gilpin Community Center, Drums No Guns, Community 50-50, Jackson Ward Youth Peace Team, St. Lukes Legacy Center, Heaven Sent Day Care, Girls For A Change, Nolef Turns, Richmond Free Press, Jackson Ward Collective, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, Engine Company No. 9 Community Mural Project, The Conciliation Project, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, Descendants Council, Untold RVA, Friends of East End Cemetery, Resiliency Garden Initiative, Black Pride RVA, Side By Side, BareSoul Yoga, ART 180, CodeRVA Regional High School, Richmond Planet Plate, and Liberated Flow.
The JXN Project congratulates its partner Michael Paul Williams and Richmond Times-Dispatch on winning the Pulitzer Prize on Distinguished Commentary for "penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, a former capital of the confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city's monuments to white supremacy."
Photos Courtesy of National Park Service Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Library of Congress, Library of Virginia, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Humanities, Valentine Museum, and Richmond Times-Dispatch