Laura Kebede has a profile of our 7th District School Board representative Donald Coleman and his brother Chad on richmond.com:
The brothers grew up in Church Hill in the late 1960s and ‘70s with three other siblings. They lived in Creighton Court with their parents but were eventually placed in foster care after they were abandoned for several days. They were discovered after Don, then 7, tried to cook eggs for the siblings and set the apartment on fire.
George and Lottie Byrd were initially interested in adopting a single child to keep their grandson Tony, whom they were raising, company. But when they heard five siblings needed a home, they accepted.