In thinking about sources and methods for this project, I came to the conclusion early on that we have to be comprehensive. We have to find every single racially restrictive covenant in the property records. But first, we needed to figure out the "when" — what is the period of time we should be … Continue reading 1897 – 1948: Charlottesville’s first racially restrictive covenants (UPDATED)
One hundred years ago, Charlottesville was still very much a developing city. What was once farm land, was being bought and sold into smaller and smaller plots. And what we consider today to be well-established neighborhoods were just beginning to form, most often as subdivisions. Take for instance, Park Plaza. The area is just two … Continue reading Geo- what? Geo-referencing!
"No property in this subdivision shall be sold to any person not of the Caucasian race."