4th Street Horribles
August 1, 2019
Tart Lemon with Crisp Tea Sweetened with Lactose
In 1860's Richmond, flat caps were in style, newsies were still a thing, boys were called cats, and you defended your turf. Adolescents banded themselves into neighborhood gangs to harass each other and defend their territory from rival gangs. The Pollywog Gang, Shockoe Hill Cats and the Fourth Street Horribles all roamed the Richmond streets, looking for interlopers needing to be rebuffed, with a weekly rock battle occurring on Sunday afternoons between 4th and 7th streets. So, the next time you take a weekend stroll through the streets of Richmond, be aware, you might be on someone else's turf.