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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 01:56 AM

Renewed effort at UVA will try to 'tell a new history' of Charlottesville after slavery

CHARLOTTESVILLE — In July, the University of Virginia published the results of five years of research into the extent to which slavery was entrenched in building and maintaining Grounds.

That effort, though, studied roughly a half-century. A new President’s Commission on U.Va. in the Age of Segregation aims to tackle the 150 years at U.Va. that followed Emancipation.

After the Civil War, a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was placed in a park on the site of a former African-American neighborhood. U.Va. professors and administrators promoted eugenics. Poll taxes blocked residents of Vinegar Hill from voting against their neighborhood’s demolition. Widespread segregation at U.Va. and local schools persisted. Commissioners say they haven’t decided yet how wide and how far their research will go; as the commission closes its first year, they are still working on defining its scope.

“I have high hopes,” said John Edwin Mason, an associate professor of history at U.Va. who is on the commission.

Read more: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/renewed-effort-at-uva-will-try-to-tell-a-new/article_c2b63a06-fab5-5f81-91fe-b64a01fbca71.html

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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 07:55 AM

1. Good luck with that. I only hope that the truth will be revealed.

About one hour south of C-ville is Amherst County. As of the 1990's, the county administration building had two sets of men's and women's rooms, with a piece of duct tape over "colored" and "white". The cemeteries are segregated. (So much for Death being the great equalizer.) And the famous eugenics case that ended up with the USSC finding that involuntary sterilization is constitutional (and still is) originated in Amherst County in the Twenties. Charlottesville is more developed and sophisticated that towns and counties. The real story of Virginia is in these burgs.

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