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St. John's Episcopal Church (Richmond)

Richmond (Independent City), Virginia
County of Richmond (City).
E. Broad Street between 24th and 25th Streets
National Register Number: 66000920
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2006.
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Active Church, open to the public.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his "Liberty or Death" speech here. Addressed to Virginia's General Assembly, it moved the members to put the colony into a state of defense.

Condition:
No changes to the historic church building. Several changes to the grounds by the restoration of an outbuilding and creation of ADA pathways.

St. John's Church just completed the renovation of an 1835 school building on the property creating a new opportunity for interpreting the African American heritage of our site. In addition, part of the grant funding was used to make the site ADA compliant with the installation of an exterior elevator to access the property and brick trails through the cemetery and to the restored school building that is serving as our interpretive visitor center and gift shop. The city of Richmond is rebuilding the retaining walls around the church property.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
We have a 5-year plan to repaint, reroof the church and to improve the public bathroom facilities among other projects. Beginning a capital campaign to pay for it.


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