George Copeland Jr.

Writer, reporter & photographer, trying to do good work without going broke.

Location icon United States

Freelance Journalist (Print & Online)
Bylines: Richmond Free Press, the Virginian Pilot,, and more.

How communities around Va. are restoring, reviving black cemeteries | WTOP

Concerned residents have rallied to restore, record and maintain the history of the many laid to rest. See photos. RICHMOND, Va. - On a hot Saturday in April, volunteers work under a bright sun and the noise of buzzing insects to find and remove unchecked nature and neglect from the graves of thousands of African-Americans, from everyday citizens to some of the most important leaders in local, state and national history.

RVA Magazine
Controversy and Condemnation Surround the Lead-Up to a Crucial Pipeline Vote

In the coming weeks, Virginia's environmental and political future is set to see a potential shift. The past weeks were marked by upsets, confrontations, and accusations of corruption surrounding the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, and as a crucial vote approaches, the future is decidedly uncertain.

RVA Magazine
United Daughters of the Confederacy in Uproar Over Encyclopedia Virginia Entry

Another clash over Virginia's dark past is brewing in the digital sphere. Encyclopedia Virginia's entry on the United Daughters of the Confederacy has drawn criticism from the group for explicitly noting their efforts to preserve white supremacy. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1894 to promote and memorialize the Confederacy, condemned the , which was written in 2010.

Richmond Students, Community Rally in the Thousands for Gun Control

By Irena Schunn and George Copeland Jr. Capital News Service RICHMOND - Chanting "enough is enough" and "never again," more than 5,000 students and other demonstrators marched through Richmond on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against mass shootings and gun violence.
Hundreds of Virginians rally for Medicaid expansion

RICHMOND, Va. - Under the shadow of the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, hundreds of people from across Virginia rallied on a rainy Thursday in support of a state budget that would expand Medicaid to about 400,000 low-income residents. Medicaid expansion is included in the budget approved by the House of Delegates.

RVA Magazine
Richmond's Homeless Groups Speak on Monroe Park, Its Future, and Their Work

Monroe Park saw its official reopening ceremony last Thursday following months of renovation. The fairly rainy event was attended by Mayor Levar Stoney and representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Monroe Park Conservancy, Richmond City Council, along with a crowd of dozens - and one lone critic of the entire affair.
Groups team up to count Richmond area's homeless

RICHMOND - As part of a statewide assessment, a nonprofit group is taking its annual census of the city's homeless, aiding and aided by a coalition of outreach programs. The group, Homeward, began its 20th annual Winter Count last week.

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