Since 2005, the Richmond History Makers (RHM) program has honored everyday individuals and organizations that are having a significant impact on the Greater Richmond Region at that particular moment in time.
Richmond has changed a lot over the last 125 years, and a lot of history has been made. As we celebrate the Valentine’s opening in 1898, we need to identify 125 years of history makers. Our next Richmond History Makers on April 11, 2024, will be part of a week of events celebrating the Valentine’s 125th Anniversary! For this momentous occasion, we will be taking a slightly different approach to RHM.
Traditionally this event has recognized honorees that have enhanced or inspired our community based on these six categories: creating quality educational opportunities; demonstrating economic innovation; improving transportation; championing social justice; promoting community health and advancing our quality of life. All of those measures are fundamental to our region’s success and future, so they should certainly still be considered again this year.
However, for our next Richmond History Makers, nominees can be an organization or business from the past or present; a person either living or deceased; a particular moment, movement or event; an object, piece of art or architecture; a musician or performer. And those are just examples. What to you has impacted the course of Richmond’s history over the last 125 years?
You can be a part of this history-making moment by sending us a nomination (or nominations) no later than January 31, 2024!
The only requirement is that your nominee must have a direct tie to the Richmond Region, which includes Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond.
Simply take a few minutes to fill out the questions below and submit. Please include what you consider to be evidence of impact to the community in your responses.
If you have questions about the process or the form itself, please email us at 125thAnniversary@thevalentine.org.
Nominations are closed for our 2024 Richmond History Makers.
This list includes all of the current 2024 Richmond History Makers nominations. The final honoree selection will take place after the closing of nominations on January 31, 2024. Please continue to submit your nominations!
The Active Living Leadership All Stars Program
Adolph Brown, IV
Albert V. Norrell
Blessing Warriors RVA Inc.
Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council
Breanna Diaz and Narissa Rahaman
Charles M. Robinson
Clarence, Earl and Chester Hunter
Congregation Beth Ahabah
David M. Hume, MD
Dr. Carmen Foster
E. Claiborne Robins Sr.
E. R Storrs
Elizabeth Johnson Rice
Elizabeth S. Kostelny
Florence Neal Cooper Smith
Franco’s Fine Clothier
Greater Richmond Continuum of Care
H.M. Lee, MD
Hammond Organ Studios of Richmond
Henrico Co. PTA, Roy Martin
Historic Richmond Foundation
Irvin Jennings, Jr.
James E. Motley
James Harris & The Healing Hub
Jason Wells & Mechanics of Faith
The Jefferson Hotel (and their alligators)
John David Harris
John Sawyer & Bridging RVA
L. Douglas Wilder
Legend Brewing Company
Marianne Revene Rollings
Marshall-Walker Staff of 1986
Mary Wingfield Scott
Mrs. Bocok & the Historic Richmond Foundation
The National Donor Memorial at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Neville C. Johnson, Sr.
The Project SAF Team at REAL LIFE
Richard S. Reynolds Sr.
The Richmond 34
The Richmond Free Press
The Richmond Gun Hole
Richmond’s Tobacco Row Factories Into Housing
The Salvation Army Central Virginia Command
Siewers Lumber & Millwork
Teamsters Local 322
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Vice Admiral Samual L. Gravely, Jr.
Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
Virginia Estelle Randolph
The Virginia State Capitol
Westwood Baptist Church
William J. Martin
Richmond Public Schools Teachers
Art Program Manager, JLL and Community Volunteer
Founder and Executive Director NoLef Turns and Community Volunteer
Founder and Project Manager, Got Tec Richmond
Innovate Fulton, Inc.
Co-Founder, “Facts and Faith Fridays”
Virginia STEM Coordinator
Floyd E. Miller, II
President & CEO
Metropolitan Business League
Lloyd “Bud” Vye
Biking & Pedestrian Advocate
Advocacy and Engagement Manager
Voices for Virginia’s Children
Represented by Executive Director Karen Legato
Muralist and Community Advocate
Ask Childhood Cancer Foundation
The Sacred Heart Center
Faces of HOPE
BLK RVA Action Team
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia
Charleita M. Richardson
President & CEO
Partnership for the Future
Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Bike Walk RVA
Virginia Poverty Law Center
Hospital Hospitality House
Founder & Artistic Director
Elegba Folklore Society
Richmond Triangle Players
Ashby & Terri Anderson
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Founder & CEO
President & Founder
JP JumPers Foundation
Community Engagement Coordinator
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond Public Libraries
Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Jr.
Civil Rights Leader
Dr. Joann Henry
Dream Academy, Inc.
Chris & Rebecca Dovi
Richmond Region Tourism