Last Updated: 2010-07-22


The Carillon is located in Byrd Park. Between 1924 and 1928, the Virginia General Assembly acted to create a World War Memorial Commission and build a lasting memorial to the heroic efforts of Virginia's World War I servicemen and servicewomen. The city donated a building site in Byrd Park. The War Memorial Carillon is 240 feet high and The Carillon instrument was built by John Taylor Bell Founders of England. The Carillon Tower originally carried sixty-six bells, but played fifty-three notes - the top thirteen notes had duplicate bells in an unsuccessful effort to produce a louder sound. When the carillon was renovated in the early 1970's, the thirty-four bells which played the highest twenty-one notes were recast into twenty-one new bells with thicker profiles than the originals, producing a better sound. Now there are fifty-three bells for fifty-three notes.

The carillon is played on special occasions, usually on veteran-related holidays (Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Flag Day and Labor Day) and a spring series of concerts have been funded in the past by the Carillon Civic Association.

Memorial concerts may be arranged by calling (804)646-1437.

Historic Cemeteries

The city of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities operates seven municipal cemeteries. Although all of them have historical interest, the three that are particularly noteworthy are Shockoe Hill, Oakwood, and St. John's Church.

Hollywood Cemetery

Located at Cherry and Albemarle Streets, Richmond's most spectacular burial ground was established in 1847. U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler are here, as is Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals J.E.B. Stuart and George Pickett are joined by 18,000 less illustrious Confederate soldiers including more than 2,000 removed from the Gettysburg battlefield. The southern section of Hollywood overlooks the James River and affords some of the best views of the river and the city skyline. Maps are available at the office just inside the gate. There is only one entrance to this private cemetery. Take Belvidere Street (U.S. 1) south toward the river, turn right on Spring Street, go three blocks to Cherry Street then turn right. The entrance is on your left at Albemarle.

For more information, call (804)648-8501.

Jewish Cemetery

Located at 21st and Franklin Streets is believed to be one of the first Jewish cemeteries in America, dating from 1790. This burial ground was established by Isaiah Isaacs for German and Dutch Jews who were early settlers here. By the time of the Civil War, most of the graves had been moved to the newer Hebrew Cemetery established in 1817 at Fourth and Hospital Streets above Shockoe Cemetery.

Virginia War Memorial

Located 621 South Belvidere Street, this memorial honors Virginians in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. For more information, call (804)786-2050.

Arthur Ashe, Jr. Monument

Arthur Ashe, Jr. was born and raised in Richmond. He was the 1975 Wimbledon tennis champion and member of the Davis Cup Team. This monument commemorates his achievements and his community spirit, located at Monument and Roseneath Road.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Monument

His statue can be found at Adams and West Leigh Streets in Jackson Ward. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born on North 3rd Street, he appeared in the first African-American talking picture, and achieved his greatest popularity in movie roles featuring his famed staircase dance routines. He danced with Shirley Temple in six films. He was a notable humanitarian. Robinson paid for the traffic light at this intersection after a child was injured crossing.

Jefferson Davis Monument

First and only president of the Confederate States of America. The columns behind his statue represent the confederate states and those that contributed soldiers. The monument is located at Monument and Davis.

General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument

Given the nickname "Stonewall" at the first battle of Manassas, Jackson died as a result of "friendly fire" at the battle of Chancellorsville. The monument is located at Monument and the Boulevard.

General Robert E. Lee Monument

The only person ever offered the command of two opposing armies; Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia from June 1, 1862, to its surrender at Appomattox. The monument is located at Monument and Allen.

Matthew Fontaine Maury Monument

Known as the father of modern oceanography, this confederate naval officer is credited with inventing the electronic torpedo. The monument is located at Monument and Belmont.

General J.E.B. Stuart Monument

Dashing confederate cavalry commander who died just a few blocks from this site of wounds suffered at Yellow Tavern, north of the city of Richmond, in 1864. He was 31 years old. The monument is located at Monument and Lombardy.

Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Located on the south end of 29th Street, the base of this monument, dedicated in 1894 to the common Confederate soldiers and sailors, affords one of the best views of the James River. It is said that William Byrd II stood on this spot and found the view similar to one in Richmond on the Thames and therefore gave this city its name.

Contact Information:

Office of the Press Secretary
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-7985
Fax: (804)646-5945

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