Grady Hart

2017 Reciprocal Exchange Participant, Mauritius

Promoting Racial Justice through Technology

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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Dozens of people gathered in front of the steps of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on Sunday, September 12, 2021, for the launch of a new community-driven augmented reality tour for Monument Avenue.

The app, called “Monumental Conversations,” uses visual arts and storytelling to bring untold stories to life on your phone.

Grady Hart, 2017 Reciprocal Exchange Participant and coordinator of community partnerships for Richmond Public Schools, says these stories will be told through the lens of Black resilience.

“Elevating the voices of Richmond’s residents, who have historically been marginalized and been unheard at a systematic level, especially in places like Monument Avenue,” Hart said.

Hart said the vision for this app started in Dec. 2019 with a grant from the U.S. State Department. Hart says this project came together as part of a collaborative effort with school leaders and students from Richmond Public Schools, community partners, and local museums…

Learn more about Monumental Conversations in these stories from local Richmond news channels NBC 12 and CBS 6.

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