Photos | Reflecting on a year of racial justice, COVID-19

Nov. 3, 2020. Richmond locals gather for a protest on the night of the 2020 presidential election, walking from City Hall to Marcus-David Peters Circle. Photo by Enza Marcy

Ebonique Little, Spectrum Editor

Enza Marcy, Photo Editor

It’s been one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Virginia. Looking back, the pandemic has changed the lives of individuals all over the world, including those in the VCU and Richmond communities. 

At the beginning of March 2020, students sat in class with excitement as they discussed spring break plans. Some traveled overseas while others returned home to spend time with family. Vacations were cut short as the normal life was reimagined. The past year has brought loss and hardships — but also hope. 

We’ve selected archived photos from The Commonwealth Times documenting how the past year has affected Richmond. If you’re interested in submitting photos for our next selection, please contact

March 24, 2020. Popular dining establishments on campus have shut down or closed temporarily. Photo by Georgia Geen


June 3, 2020. Hundreds of protesters chanted “tear it down” by the Robert E. Lee monument after local and state officials announced plans to remove the statue. Photo by Andrew Ringle


Aug. 24, 2020. An image of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man shot in his car by Kenosha, Wisconsin police multiple times, was projected on the Robert E. Lee monument at Marcus-David Peters Circle, the day after he was shot. Photo by Jon Mirador


Oct. 8, 2020. Chesterfield homeowners Tim and Lauren Barry illuminate their home with political messages in support of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden leading up to the 2020 election. Photo by Enza Marcy


Oct. 17, 2020. Azeon Volden, 10, plays basketball with his family in Marcus-David Peters Circle during Peters’ 27th birthday celebration. Peters was an unarmed Black man killed by Richmond Police in 2019 while experiencing a mental health crisis on Interstate 95. Photo by Enza Marcy


Jan. 18, 2021. VCUarts student Riley Claywell paints a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day at Marcus-David Peters Circle. Photo by Enza Marcy

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