Nov. 12-18, 1999
Vol. 29, Issue 37
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NEH grant supports web-based "Race and Place" history projects

By Robert Brickhouse




1867 J.T.S. Taylor, a Charlottesville citizen and African-American, was elected to Virginia's Constitutional Convention, held in Richmond Dec. 3. Twenty-five of the 105 members were African Americans.
1869 Twenty-seven of the 180 newly elected General Assembly members were African Americans. 1870 The 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave all citizens the right to vote and gave Congress the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Virginia legislature passed several laws designed to restrict African-American political participation.


Not one African-American remained in either house of the state legislature.


Three Charlottesville African-American women successfully registered to vote: Mrs. Maggie P. Burley, Mamie J. Farwell and Mrs. Alice Grady.


African-American family
This image, of a local African-American family, is from Alderman Library's Rufus W. Holsinger Studio Collection Digital Image Database, as is the above photo.

This abbreviated timeline is but a sampling of information from a University web project that is building an archive of local African-American history. The project recently received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand its offerings and help establish similar electronic archives with historically black colleges and universities around the state.

"Race and Place," a history archive of the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area during the Jim Crow era, is a joint project of the University's Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. It combines searchable databases of important primary sources, including photographs, newspaper records and census data, with historical exhibits on local African-American life from about 1870 to 1930 from various collections at Alderman Library.

The two-year grant will enable U.Va. to continue to add census and court records and other important historical resources to the archive. With the local model and technological tools being developed as part of it, U.Va. will also help historically black colleges and universities around the state build similar community projects, said Reginald D. Butler, director of the Woodson Institute, and William G. Thomas, director of the Center for Digital History. U.Va. is already collaborating with researchers at Norfolk State University in developing a Tidewater African-American history digital archive.

In the Charlottesville project, users can now search the site's databases of African-American businesses and households, as recorded in U.S. Census returns and Charlottesville city directories of the early 20th century. They can read local club and school announcements as well as commentary on national events in an African-American-owned and -operated newspaper, The Reflector. They can also explore the political correspondence of African-Americans who struggled to retain their voting rights in the face of statewide disenfranchisement campaigns. Full story.

Health premiums to rise
Open enrollment Nov. 15-Dec. 17

By Dan Heuchert

The rising cost of health care, and particularly drug costs, have forced an increase in health-care premiums to take effect in January.

The annual open-enrollment period, which runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 17, allows employees to enroll or make changes in their health insurance plans, and to initiate or renew flexible spending accounts. Packets were mailed to employees' home addresses early this week. Full story.

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