Saturday, March 7, 2009
Richmond, Virginia: Monument Avenue
It's the most famous street in Richmond, and for good reason. Not only are the houses beautiful, but some local heroes are honored at the major intersections.
The Arthur Ashe monument is the latest one. It caused a bit of controversy, as Ashe of course had no connection to the Confederacy, unlike the rest of those honored. And the statue of Ashe is small compared to the others on the street. Still, Ashe is a worthy role model for everyone, and it's nice to see him included. The "tennis racket in one hand, books in the other" approach is a nice touch.
Down the street are statues of General Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis and Matthew Maury (an oceanographer).