Historical Significance Uptown, located at the western edge of Alexandria, started as a cluster of homes before the Civil War. Much smaller than the city's older black communities, the Bottoms and Hayti, Uptown was the first black neighborhood…

Historical Significance Uniontown, a small African American community located east of Staunton, was settled predominately by African Americans immediately after the Civil War. The community included the former Federal Cemetery (known today as the…

Historical Significance The Truxtun Historic District was the nation's first wartime government housing project constructed exclusively for blacks. Named for the naval hero Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822), Truxtun is a forty-two acre neighborhood of 250…

Historical Significance The Triangle, also known as The Avenue, was Petersburg's black business center until the 1970's. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, New Market on South Avenue was the marketplace for black and white farmers from…

Historical Significance The Heights, earlier known as Delectable Heights, received its name in the early 19th century when it was contrasted with the unhealthy lowlands of the city of Petersburg. It was annexed to the city in 1816, and although lots…

Historical Significance The St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall was built in 1905, and is the only building remaining from New Town, an African-American community in Blacksburg that thrived during the first 60 years of the twentieth century. The…

Historical Significance The Ravenscroft neighborhood was incorporated into Petersburg in 1784 and developed soon after. It is bounded on the west by Halifax Street, an important early transportation and commercial corridor leading from Halifax,…

Historical Significance In the early 1870s, formerly enslaved John Coles and Benjamin Brown purchased land from former slaveholder W.G. Carr in exchange for labor, beginning settlement of the district that would come to be called Proffit. In 1876,…

Historical Significance Pocahontas Island, named after the daughter of a Powhatan chief, is probably Petersburg's earliest predominantly black neighborhood. Some of Petersburg's first enslaved African Americans were brought here in 1732 to work in…

Historical Significance Nauck is an historically African-American community in Arlington County bounded on the northeast by the Army-Navy Country Club and South Glebe Road, on the northwest by South Walter Reed Drive, on the southeast by Shirley…