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July 05, 2018
As a student in Albemarle County, Hannah Ayers learned about the lynchings of African-Americans, but that history always was in the sidebar of her textbooks. Several years ago, Ayers and her husband, Lance Warren, decided to make a documentary to bring that history into the center of the American story ...
June 06, 2018
Albemarle County is joining local efforts to memorialize John Henry James, who was lynched there in 1898. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors discussed collecting soil from the lynching site as part of the Equal Justice Initiative memorial project. According to EJI research, more than 4,000 racial terror lynchings ...
May 16, 2018
The lynching of John Henry James in Albemarle in 1898 for allegedly assaulting a white woman was both horrific—and all too common in the era of Jim Crow. More than 4,400 black men and women were the victims of domestic racial terrorism between 1877 and 1950, according to ...
March 30, 2018
Fluvanna County held a memorial ceremony on Tuesday for William Young, a victim of an 1892 lynching in Palmyra. A similar commemoration is gaining momentum in Charlottesville. On March 19, Charlottesville’s City Council voted, 4-0, to expedite its plans to memorialize John Henry James, the victim of an 1898 ...
March 20, 2018
When Union soldiers marched into Charlottesville and Albemarle County on March 3, 1865, over half of the population became officially free. So began a period of hope and intense political activity for African Americans in the area. One elderly slave told a Union soldier at the time, "I's prayed ...
January 14, 2018
Some say politeness insignificant compared with need for change Since the deadly Unite the Right rally Aug. 12, locals have come before Charlottesville’s City Council to demand answers about the summer, air their grievances and press for change from their government. Over the past six months, meetings have been ...
July 18, 2017
The arrests and tear gassing of activists at a Ku Klux Klan rally earlier this month has compelled civil liberties attorneys to call for an investigation into police conduct. That anger continued Monday in the Charlottesville City Council Chambers. Hours after letters to Gov. Terry McAuliffe and city officials were ...
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