Carver-VCU Partnership Oral History Collection

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Creator:Carver-VCU Partnership
Creator:James Branch Cabell Library. Special Collections and Archives
Title:Carver-VCU partnership oral history collection

The oral history interviews presented here are part of the ongoing Carver-VCU Partnership that began in 1996. The Partnership's stated goal is to "create a shared urban community with a commitment to improving the neighborhood's quality of life." Carver is situated in Richmond, Virginia, just north of VCU's Monroe Park campus, and is primarily a working-class African American neighborhood, home to some 1,500 residents. The Carver name is derived from the neighborhood school named for George Washington Carver (1864-1943). The area was once called Sheep Hill because of its proximity to early stockyards.

These fifteen oral histories were conducted in 1999 and 2000 as part of a project funded by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. The project, described as a "Living Newspaper," produced a play entitled "Sheep Hill Memories — Carver Dreams." Those interviewed include longtime residents, including Barbara Abernathy, former president of the Carver Area Civic Improvement League, and Dr. Roy A. West, former mayor of Richmond, as well as newcomers to the community and those who have moved away from the neighborhood. The documentary play, which used information collected from the oral histories and other sources, focused on the history and survival of the Carver neighborhood.

Types:sound recordings | oral histories (literary works) | Sound | Text
Subjects:Abernathy, Barbara, 1941- | Austin, Marguerita | Crawley, Waverly R. | Davis, Trina | Finger, Duane | Gordon, Frances | Haggins, Barksdale W., 1932- | Haggins, Irving, 1934- | Hawley, Carolyn, 1959- | Hill, Jim | Hill, Kathryn Colwell | Hudson, Brenda | Kleffner, Doug | Knight, Allen, 1926- | Lucas, Lucy Anne | McBride, James | Plybon, Laura | Robinson, Viola | Schobitz, Rick | Taylor, Selma | Waller, Sheila | Weatherless, Nellie | West, Roy A. | Wood, Charles, 1907- | Wood, Mrs. Charles | Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority | African American neighborhoods--Virginia--Richmond | Community development--Virginia--Richmond | City planning--Citizen participation | City planning--Virginia--Richmond | Housing authorities--Officials and employees--Interviews | Interviews | United States, Virginia, Henrico County, Richmond, 37.5407, -77.4360
Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Contributors:James Branch Cabell Library. Special Collections and Archives
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Richmond, Va. : VCU Libraries

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