Tag: Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project

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Energy-saving upgrades at Black Heritage Project to cut electric bills, promote cultural awareness

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project should see significantly reduced electricity bills once renovations to its building on Hill Street are complete sometime this summer.

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Walking through time: New local tour delves into African American history

When Monica Robinson, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, visits cemeteries and 19th century houses and historical sites, she feels an echo of the traumas and victories of those who were there before. 

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On and off campus, pressure mounts to rename several buildings at JMU

In a public ceremony in the fall of 1917, six buildings on Bluestone Hill — the center of campus for what was then the State Normal and Industrial School for Women — were renamed. And for the last 103 years, four of the six have borne the monikers of men who were slaveowners or confederates.

African American groups in Valley successfully lobby legislature to postpone decision on history center

A state budget amendment to pay for a proposed African American History Center in New Market failed to make it into the House or Senate versions of the budget after several area African American groups successfully lobbied against the measure.

If the ACs don’t win, it’s a shame

It was in 1999 that Howard first worked up the nerve to write a book about the black baseball culture he remembered from his childhood. He realized, though, that he didn’t know much about the games and teams he watched as a young boy in Ivy. The Albemarle County town had its own community, the Eagles, who played in an empty field just yards from Howard’s home.

Young writer navigates financial plot twist to realize her dream

Briana Madden-Olivares has always been a writer. Since she was a little girl, Bri, who was born in New York City but moved to the Shenandoah Valley as a child, wrote poetry, then branched out to playwriting.

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