The Winding Roads to Equity - An Archival Research Endeavor of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisor Meeting Minutes, 1921-1949

Authors:Tahamtani, Maria, Masters of Urban & Environmental PlanningUniversity of Virginia Knuppel, Andrew, Masters of Urban & Environmental PlanningUniversity of Virginia ORCID icon, Adam, Masters of Urban & Environmental PlanningCohen, Chloe, Masters of Public Policy and LeadershipUniversity of Virginia Brennan, Lois, Masters of Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of Virginia Robertson, Mary-Michael, Masters of Urban & Environmental PlanningUniversity of Virginia

In partnership with Jordy Yager and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, this archival research endeavor sought to aid the Mapping Cville project in its goal to analyze the landscape established by racial covenants and reinforced by governmental action in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, in order to bring to light evidence of the specific and targeted denial of infrastructural improvements to African American residents in the 1920s and the lasting impacts of racially biased planning practices on African American residents in our region. Mapping Cville also aims to show that the lack of investments in infrastructure designed to mitigate or remove health hazards and/or to increase the quality of life specifically in majority Black neighborhoods in Charlottesville and Albemarle County during the 1920s and 1930s left these specific neighborhoods at risk during the urban renewal decimation practices of the 1960s and stunted residents’ opportunities to build generational wealth.

Therefore, in order to further this goal, as well as to assist the Mapping Cville project in broadening its current scope of research, events from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors’ meeting minutes were logged and recorded in detail, with the ultimate goal of providing a structured record of all infrastructure spending and non-spending within the County. All records were cataloged in an Excel spreadsheet starting with the earliest digitized records available in 1921 and working forward thirty years, or three decades, through 1949.

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Published Date:
May 08, 2020