Posters Highlighting History of Charlottesville's Vinegar Hill Neighborhood
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville is continuing to take steps to better recognize a historic African-American neighborhood. A temporary exhibit features a series of posters highlighting the story of Vinegar Hill.
Members of the city's Historic Resources Committee (HRC) installed the posters near the Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall Wednesday, October 9.
The posters are temporary, as Charlottesville has a permanent plan to honor the neighborhood.
In December 2016, the city designated part of the west end of the Downtown Mall as Vinegar Hill Park. The area honors the once vibrant political, educational, and spiritual center for Charlottesville's African-American population that was destroyed by Jim Crow era racism and the urban renewal of the 1960s. More than 150 homes were demolished in 1965, with many of the families being displaced to public housing.
The temporary exhibit seeks to begin to tell that history.
"We don't want to see this story lost. A lot of community members still know a lot about Vinegar Hill, still have a lot of memories there, but it doesn't look anything like it used to and we want to honor the memory of the place and the people who lived there and the stories that happened there," HRC Chair Madeleine Hawk said.
The permanent signage will not go up until the Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE) building is complete around the summer of 2021.