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The death of James Harris (1883)

On 15 May 1883, a seemingly intoxicated man approached Richard Stevens and his group of friends as they were standing together at 513 N. 17th Street in Richmond’s Church Hill area. The man was James Harris, a fortune teller or maybe just a swindler, who asked if he could tell their fortunes. Most of the group declined, but Richard Stevens agreed, and they went to a nearby passageway after Mr. Harris suggested they find a more private location. To the skeptic’s delight, this fortune teller was not able to see his own unfortunate end coming.

PHOTO: “The Richmond home of Richard Stevens, a witness in the death of James Harris”

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8 years ago

Interesting story. The only things I don’t like are the pictures in the wrong block of 17th (Oliver Hill Way) and why take pictures of the current 2207 Marshall as though that was the building there in 1883?

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