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U.Va. Architect Maurice Cox Speaks On Preserving Historic African Town

Nov. 8, 1999 -- Maurice Cox, University of Virginia assistant professor of architecture, will speak about the community preservation process for an historic African town on Monday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 105. The lecture, titled "Interpreting the African Diaspora on Site, in Ghana," is part of a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series sponsored by U.Va.’s department of landscape architecture.

Cox’s talk will focus on his visit in the summer of 1999 to the town of Cape Coast, Ghana, once a center of gold and slave trading, where he co-chaired an international resource team to facilitate a community-based planning process for heritage preservation and the management of change in this historic town.

The international team of 24 experts was brought together by the United States Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) to create a conservation district and help develop a heritage tourism plan in Cape Coast, where West African traditions coexist with the history of European trading along the Gold Coast.

The team worked with the community to develop local ownership of the planning and design of the project, which links heritage conservation to basic community needs. At the end of its visit, the resource team made a presentation to the community, tribal council and chief in Cape Coast Castle, a World Heritage site that was originally built to help the gold trade and later the trade in enslaved Africans. The plans to create a conservation district there were publicly endorsed by the local political structure.

For more information, contact Maurice Cox at (804) 924-3125.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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