Jackson Ward was a “city within a city” during the early 20th Century and an economic powerhouse.
From the press release:
RLP Productions will present the first private screening of the short documentary Black Wall Street: The Money, The Music, And The People. Join the cast and crew at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 21st at Unity of Bon Air Church located at 923 Buford Road, in North Chesterfield County. Guests are invited to wear flapper and jelly bean attire. This event is free and open to the public, but generous donations are accepted. For more information, contact LaTika Lee at 804-873-7363 or visit www.blackwallstreetthemovie.yolasite.com.
Black Wall Street: The Money, The Music & The People is a docu-short film which seeks to highlight the remarkable, yet forgotten story of the historic Negro neighborhood, Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia. Dubbed “the Black Wall Street” by economists of the early 20th Century because of its economic and financial prowess in a day and age when people of color were deemed incapable of being anything other than a waste of space, the “city within a city” was the epicenter of Negro life and entertainment boasting claim to such memorable and notable daughters and sons as Maggie L. Walker, the first Negro (black) woman to own a bank, and entertainer extraordinaire, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The film also seeks to highlight the value of this historic neighborhood as rich material for fiction.