Famous People from the Southside of Richmond Virginia


Richmond may be considered a sleepy little southern town, but many people have gone on from there to make their mark on the world.  From historical figures to sports stars, a lot of famous, and sometimes infamous people can call Southside home.

William Bainbridge

Bainbridge Street in the Manchester Area is named for Commander William Bainbridge who commanded the warship Constitution in the War of 1812.

Doug Chapman

Doug Chapman was born in Chesterfield.  He played football for Marshall University and was later drafted in 2000 by the Minnesota Vikings.  He played for Minnesota from 2000 to 2003 and then signed with the San Diego Chargers.  He retired from football in 2005 following a back injury.  He now works as a color commentator for ESPN and as a guest analyst on the Big Ten Network.

Stephen Decatur

Commander Stephen Decatur led the Warship Constitution in the 1803 Tripoli War.  Decatur Street is named for him.

Ballard T. Edwards

Ballard T. Edwards, a free black man, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates during the Reconstruction period.  He was instrumental in saving the State Capitol after the balcony in the House of Delegates collapsed in 1870.  He was also a major sponsor of the second bridge crossing on the James at the site of the current Manchester Bridge.

Dedrick Epps

Dedrick Epps played football for Huguenot High School where he caught 38 passes for more than 700 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior year in 2006.  He played college ball for the University of Miami and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft.  He has also played with the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets.

James Farrior

James Farrior played 14 seasons in the National Football League with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers.  Farrior was born in Ettrick, Virginia and was named Virginia Group AA Co-Offensive Player of the Year in his senior year at Matoaca High School.

Dion Lamont Foxx

Dion Foxx played football for Meadowbrook High School where he held the rushing record for a single season.  He played college ball for James Madison and in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.  He now teaches and coaches football.

Denny Hamlin

NASCAR driver James Dennis Alan “Denny” Hamlin grew up in Chesterfield where he began racing go-karts at the age of 7.  Hamlin current drives in NASCR for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #11 FedEx Toyota.

Justin Harper

Justin Harper played basketball for Meadowbrook High school and later at the University of Richmond.  He is currently a power forward and center with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

Gerald Henderson

Gerald Henderson played basketball for Huguenot High School and later for VCU.  He went on to a 13-year career in the NBA where he played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, and Houston Rockets.

William Henderson

William Henderson played high school football for Thomas Dale High School in Chester.  He went on to play college football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the 1995 NFL Draft where he played twelve seasons.

Isaac Hull

Hull Street was originally named the Turnpike Road and was later renamed Hull Street for Commander Isaac Hull.  Hull served in the war with Tripoli and later commanded the Boston Naval Yard.

Jesse Jefferson

Jesse Jefferson was a Major League Baseball player who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Carver High School in Midlothian in 1968.  He is perhaps best remembered as an inaugural player on the Toronto Blue Jays expansion team in 1977.  Jefferson died in September, 2011 in Midlothian.

Isaiah Morris

Isaiah Morris played high school basketball for Huguenot High School.  After playing two seasons with the University of Arkansas he went on to play for the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons.  He spent most of the remainder of his career playing in Uruguay, Poland, Yugoslavia, Russia, Dominican Republic, Greece, Cyprus and Puerto Rico.  He played in the U.S. for the Arkansas Aeros of the ABA in 2006-2007.

Oliver Perry

Perry Street is named for Commander William Perry. During the War of 1812, Perry gained the surrender of the British Fleet on the Great Lakes.

David Porter

Commander David Porter captured nine ships in one cruise to the West Indies from New York during the War of 1812.  Porter Street is named for him.