Groups Aim to Improve Preserving African-American Historic Places
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of preservationists from around Virginia met in Charlottesville Tuesday for a symposium on African-American historic resources.
Preservation Virginia and the General Assembly African-American Cultural Resources Task Force hosted the symposium at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Tuesday, March 19. Organizers says the event was an opportunity to bring people together who had the common goals of working to better document, preserve and teach the history of African-Americans.
“One of the main reasons for convening this group of different constituents is really the need for conversation: whether it's local government, whether it's a statewide, a nonprofit, or statewide governmental agency,” said Director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement Justin Sarafin.
“We want to change the way this history is taught in Virginia's classrooms,” said Justin Reid, director of African American Programs at Virginia Humanities. “One of the focus areas is representation, and so ensuring that the preservation field becomes more diverse.”
The symposium also helped to connect people so they could share knowledge and strategies.
The task force hopes to use Tuesday’s event to focus on key issues with regards to the preservation of African-American historical places. The group wants to document more of those historical sites, as well as provide additional resources to community advocacy groups.
Organizers say they want to get more people involved, and get work done on the local level.