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UVA Library Helps Move Black History from Paper to the Web

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People at a UVA small collections library helped tell the story of black history on Friday. People at a UVA small collections library helped tell the story of black history on Friday.
The group added stories of black history in Charlottesville to Wikipedia from newspapers and yearbooks. The group added stories of black history in Charlottesville to Wikipedia from newspapers and yearbooks.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A library at the University of Virginia is working with the community to help tell the history of African Americans in the Charlottesville area.

More than a dozen people gathered at the small special collections library on Friday to research and add articles to Wikipedia about black life in Charlottesville. The group used newspapers, yearbooks, and other documents to track the community’s history.

“The goal is to fix the imbalance in Wikipedia, which tends to focus very heavily on the white experience in our town and make sure that our whole community is represented,” said Molly Schwartzburg, who is a curator at Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA.

The library said it has a treasure trove of unknown history it wants to share with the world.