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Richmond 34 - Hero - RFS 2

On February 22, 1960, 34 Virginia Union University students were arrested following a peaceful sit-in protest at the whites-only lunch counter of Thalhimers Department Store in downtown Richmond. The "Richmond 34" sit-in ultimately led to the integration of Thalhimers and influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2021, the Flying Squirrels launched a series of initiatives to celebrate the legacy of the Richmond 34.

Number Retirement

The Flying Squirrels permanently retired the No. 34 on February 24, 2021. It became the second number retired by the team, joining Jackie Robinson's No. 42, which was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997.

The No. 34 is retired from on-field use to honor the legacy of the Richmond 34, and it is recognized in the ballpark prominently alongside Robinson's No. 42.

Richmond 34 Legacy Mural

The Richmond 34 Legacy Mural, painted by Andre Shank, was dedicated at The Diamond on February 24, 2021 by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Shank is a Richmond-based painter and sculptor who originally painted the mural that wraps around the façade of The Diamond during the RVA Street Art Festival in 2017. The Richmond 34 Legacy mural will be positioned on The Diamond’s upper façade directly behind home plate and stretches 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall. It will be visible to all fans who enter The Diamond gates as well as motorists passing by on Arthur Ashe Boulevard and south-bound travelers on Interstate 95.

Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend

Richmond 34 Legacy Campaign

Career Advancement & Mentorship Program