Richmond, VA



In 2008, the Islamic Center of Henrico submits a proposal to rezone a 5.2-acre lot in order to build a 10,000-square-foot mosque and community center. Mosque opponents raise concerns about increased noise and traffic. After Henrico County denies the application, the center sues the county, alleging religious discrimination. In March 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice joins the center’s case, noting that the county had never denied a zoning application submitted by a Christian church. The lawsuit is settled out of court in August 2011.

Proposed Project


Shortly after the settlement, the Henrico Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the center’s rezoning application. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in May 2012. [Source: Pew 2012]



“Richmond, VA,” U.S. Mosque Controversies, accessed December 5, 2021,

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