In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans in Roanoke were restricted to just a few neighborhoods. One was Gainsboro, just over the tracks from downtown. Among the many businesses started by black entrepreneurs in Gainsboro was "Dreamland," a swimming pool and dance hall. Dreamland is gone, but Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim spoke to a few Roanoke residents who still remember.
This radio documentary was produced by Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim for WVTF and Big Shed Media, with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. It was edited by Shea Shackelford.
With the relatives gone, and the turkey and leftovers digested, this might be a good time to kick back and catch a video.
One new release is short, free, downloadable, entertaining, informative, and all about your neighbors in the Commonwealth. "The Virginia Indians: Meet the Tribes" video is not only a new classroom resource that's making the rounds, but it could also inspire some outdoor event planning.
A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war.
“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France. John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.
In Charlottesville, the name John Paul Jones evokes thoughts of a large arena where basketball teams and rock groups perform. It was named for the father of a big UVA donor, but for those who love American history, another John Paul Jones comes to mind, and now two musicians from the British Isles are traveling in America - singing the praises of this early American patriot.
Rob Van Sante and Alan Reid are a pair of troubadours from the UK who love telling tales through their music.