Area Residents Discuss Establishment of African-American Trail

Area Residents Discuss Establishment of African-American Trail

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Many area residents are trying to create an African-American history trail. Charlottesville native Evelyn Barbour was around when the Paramount Theater showed first-run films and black audiences had to use a side entrance. The theater opened in 1931, and African-Americans were required to go through a door on 3rd Street N.E. before the civil rights laws of the 1960’s. Barbour has lists of the black-owned businesses on Vinegar Hill before they were demolished nearly half a century ago. Other participants have maps that show the sites of places such as the Albemarle Training School. It was near West Rio Road in the current Four Seasons neighborhood. Albemarle’s black teenagers were educated at the County Training School before Burley High School opened in September 1951.


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