History

In the 1950s, construction of Interstate 95 in Richmond divided the Jackson Ward neighborhood, and then construction of the Richmond Coliseum leveled other parts of it. 

“There were just some things that were deeply rooted in the hearts of the black community that pretty much were just wiped off the planet and paved over,” says Lori “Coach” Hunter.

Hunter was a child when she witnessed the destruction of her family’s neighborhood, including her grandmother’s home.

What’s in the back of your closet? Or tucked away in your parents’ attic?  Directors of a project to digitize Virginia history want to know.  In Montgomery County Virginia, they’re putting on a kind of Antiques road show. But it’s not about getting an appraisal.  The item, and your story about why it’s special, will go down in history. 

New Sites Added to VA Landmarks Register

Mar 18, 2016

 Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources has added five new sites to the Virginia Landmarks Register. 

 

 The western shores of the Chesapeake Bay have a deep history of slavery. One black community is memorializing its past and engaging its white community in moving forward. 

 

It's been a ten year journey for former classmates of the Holley Graded School to convert the four-room schoolhouse in Lottsburg into a museum. Two abolitionists, Sally Holley and Caroline Putnam, built the school for former slaves soon after the Civil War ended. Their efforts are documented in letters to one of their biggest financial supporters, writer Louisa May Alcott.

 

A plan to relocate two slave cabins at the former site of a plantation in Botetourt County has prompted members of the historical society there - and some residents - to take action.

Greenfield Plantation was established in the mid-18th century by Colonel William Preston, a revolutionary war veteran, member of the House of Burgesses, and surveyor westward lands. Though the plantation itself burned down in 1959, two slave quarters remain. Ann Layman, Vice President of the Botetourt County Historical Society, says their proximity to the home is historically significant.

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