PHOTOS: Monument Avenue re-imagined in “augmented reality” tour

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Public Schools has unveiled a new educational app that will allow you to tour a transformed Monument Avenue – in augmented reality.

This, as widespread change has happened over the past year, including the removal of Confederate monuments with the last one coming down just four days ago.

The app is designed “to spotlight the immense contributions of the African American community to Richmond’s stature” according to a press release from RPS. The video below shows one location on Monument Avenue using the app’s demo version.

Phone video shows the augmented reality in action. (Video captured by Timothy Corley/WRIC)

The full version of the app will launch for free this Fall, but you can download a test version here.

The tour will have audio and visual features exploring the complicated history of five of the monuments that once stood in Richmond, as well as Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture “Rumors of War.” The app will also ask students and other users what they think should happen to Monument Avenue in the future.

The app was made possible in part to a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Richmond Superintendent Jason Kamras attended a showcase of the app on Sept. 12 at the VMFA, alongside members of the Richmond City Council and School Board, as well as several state legislators.

“It’s about telling the full history of Richmond. The good, the bad and the ugly,” Kamras said. “You can clap for that. Centered around Black resilience, which has been the core of this city for so many years.”

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