Race and Place is an archive about the racial segregation
laws, or the 'Jim Crow' laws from the late 1880s until the mid-twentieth
century. The focus of the collection is the town of Charlottesville
in Virginia. The Jim Crow laws segregated African-Americans from
white Americans in public places such as schools, and school buses.
The archive contains photos, letters, two regional censuses and
a flash map of the town of Charlottesville. The Jim Crow laws were
not overturned until the important Brown versus Board of Education
court ruling in 1954 (but not totally eliminated until the Civil
Rights Act of the 1964).
The project intends to connect race with place by
understanding what it was like to live, work, pray, learn, and play
in the segregated South. We plan to develop manuscript collections
and oral histories of African Americans in the segregation period,
and construct the social, political, and economic history to understand
race in the context of place. This research effort is a collaborative
project of the Virginia
Center for Digital History and the Carter
G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies.
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