Allen Ginsberg and a fracas on Grove Avenue

In a neat follow-up to last weekend’s excitement, Richmond Magazine tells has a little history on earlier fracases in Richmond:

Poet Allen Ginsberg came to Richmond on Oct. 12, 1970, and presented at the Franklin Street Gymnasium. Ginsberg was handed a note, and he announced that afterward there’d be a street party in the 1100 block of Grove Avenue (henceforth known as the “Grove Avenue Republic”). Ginsberg wouldn’t have known that no application had been made to the city for such an event. When hundreds of students poured into the street, and a rock band cranked up on the second floor, police arrived with clubs, dogs and paddy wagons. A confusing melee followed in which bricks were thrown at officers, dogs bit fleeing students and 17 arrests were made.

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