In connection with work being completed by Vaughn Garland at Right Here Once and A Sound History for the Trail of Enslaved People, The People’s Record of Richmond is an ongoing popup series of public interviews with residents and visitors of the historic southern city of Richmind, Virginia on a variety of contemporary topics that define and challenge the city's identity.   Recorded interviews may be uploaded to Right Here Once where they will be used to tell a public story of the same issues that are present and real for all of Richmond.    



Loretta Tillman

Recorded January 12, 2018 at the home of Vaughn Garland and in connection with Laura Browder in Richmond VA and for "The People's Record of Richmond"

Loretta Tillman is a retired teacher and speaks on the history of Richmond, VA dating from 1920s to the present. Her stories includes thoughts on education, race and


Mark Person

Recorded July 21, 2017 at the home of Mark Person in Richmond VA and for "The People's Record of Richmond"

Mark Person and family donated Nat Turner's Bible to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Recorded for The People's Record of Richmond on July 21, 2017

Wiki Page

History Page

Turner Slave Rebellion

Correction: Person mentions later in the Interview, not heard here, that Nat Turner pled not guilty.




Guy Kinman Jr.,

Recorded February 10, 2017 at Brookdale Imperial Plaza In Richmond VA for "The People's Record of Richmond"

Guy Kinman's records on Richmond's mid-to-late Twentieth Century gay community and his project with Richmond's billboards are now housed at the Virginia Historical Society

The Billboard Project by Richmond Virginia Gay and Lesbian Alliance

 Guy Kinman Jr., Richmond Virginia Gay and Lesbian Alliance



The People’s Record of Richmond was a public interview session exploring the topic of Richmond's infamous public space and landmark Monument Avenue during the opening of "Truthful History Heals" at Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond on June 2nd, 2016. In connection to, Vaughn Garland recorded conversations about how Richmond sees Monument Avenue, past and present.…n-gallery.html

Ron Lee and Michael Pierce


Rall Elder Jr.


Lora Beldon


Beth Merschak


Free Egunfemi (formerly Maat Free)


Farid Alan Schintzius


Justice Elder, Kayla Bryson, Adrian Baker


Jan Shropshire


Roberto Duperior, Yunique Gresham, Abe Davis



The People's Record of Richmond

Installed at the RVA Street Art Festival
Richmond, Virginia
April 18-24, 2014


Following along the banks of the James River, the neighborhood of Old Manchester has a rich, dark past.  For centuries, the large industrial buildings in the area served as warehouses storing tobacco and other manufactured goods awaiting shipment; these same buildings now house remodeled condos and apartments.  Before Manchester was one of Richmond’s centers of industry, its fertile land was farmed by slaves.  Located along the river in Manchester is the Richmond Slave Trail, a historic path used to transport slaves in and out of the city.  Directly across the river is Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, a tourist-driven area once housing slave jails, warehouses and burial grounds.  Shockoe Bottom’s future and economic importance are current topic of civic debate, with numerous redevelopment proposals being considered. One of these plans proposed the building of a sports complex on top of former slave markets.  This debate is deeply complex and contentious because it not only touches on the historic importance of the physical land but it also speaks to the larger, and maybe even national, dialogue of race and identity. 

David Bass


Frank Williams


Claudia and Julia Marshel