Friends of Anne Davis help clean up the James River to honor her

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Saturday morning a group of former Monacan High School students worked to honor their friend Anne Davis by cleaning up the area along the James River in Richmond.

Anne was one of two cyclists that were struck by a vehicle while riding in the area of Idaho Falls, Idaho during a cross-country trip from Virginia to Oregon.

Photos courtesy Bike and Build and 8News sister station KIFI)
Photos courtesy Bike and Build and 8News sister station KIFI)

At the time of the accident, the organization Bike and Build, who sponsored the trip, described Anne as a “self-described activist for environmental preservation.”

Anne’s friends and family said they wanted to do something to honor her memory.

“It just seemed like a natural thing, because Anne was such an environmentalist,” Julie Coleman, Anne’s former biology teacher said.

Anne’s brother agreed.

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“I just think it’s a great thing that people are coming out and cleaning up the river … that’s something she would’ve liked,” Rob Davis said.

Anne’s father, Bill Davis, said that over 100 people showed up, cleaning up mostly bottles and cigarette butts.

Bill concluded that it’s up to everyone to work together to keep the river clean.

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