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The Historic Jackson Ward Podcast: A Case Study of Black Businesses in Public History

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Historic Jackson Ward is the largest National Historic Landmark District associated with black history and culture, according to the National Park Service. The area in Richmond, Virginia officially began as a gerrymandered voting district in 1871 and by 1900, the district contained about 90% of the city’s black population. Between the years of 1880-1930 the proliferation of black businesses in the district enabled it to become an epicenter of black social, cultural and economic empowerment. It became home to the first bank chartered by blacks in America and subsequently home to six black-owned banks between the years of 1888-1930. Often labeled the birthplace of black capitalism, Richmond, because of Jackson Ward, attracted black professionals and visiting notables from many locales.

The presenter will provide an overview of Historic Jackson Ward and its extraordinary historic sites which allow an unparalleled view of: the roles of pioneering black banks, insurance companies and fraternal organizations; the extant structures designed and constructed by black architects and builders; the roles of black churches and their leaders and the roles of educational institutions. Samples from the podcast tour, rare photographs and artifacts will provide examples of how an interdisciplinary emersion into the powerful narratives of the lives of pioneers such as Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell Jr. and Rev. William Washington Browne and the True Reformers bring the stories of black businesses into the realm of public history.
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Belsches, Elvatrice. "The Historic Jackson Ward Podcast: A Case Study of Black Businesses in Public History" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435951_index.html>

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Belsches, E. "The Historic Jackson Ward Podcast: A Case Study of Black Businesses in Public History" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435951_index.html

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Abstract: Historic Jackson Ward is the largest National Historic Landmark District associated with black history and culture, according to the National Park Service. The area in Richmond, Virginia officially began as a gerrymandered voting district in 1871 and by 1900, the district contained about 90% of the city’s black population. Between the years of 1880-1930 the proliferation of black businesses in the district enabled it to become an epicenter of black social, cultural and economic empowerment. It became home to the first bank chartered by blacks in America and subsequently home to six black-owned banks between the years of 1888-1930. Often labeled the birthplace of black capitalism, Richmond, because of Jackson Ward, attracted black professionals and visiting notables from many locales.

The presenter will provide an overview of Historic Jackson Ward and its extraordinary historic sites which allow an unparalleled view of: the roles of pioneering black banks, insurance companies and fraternal organizations; the extant structures designed and constructed by black architects and builders; the roles of black churches and their leaders and the roles of educational institutions. Samples from the podcast tour, rare photographs and artifacts will provide examples of how an interdisciplinary emersion into the powerful narratives of the lives of pioneers such as Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell Jr. and Rev. William Washington Browne and the True Reformers bring the stories of black businesses into the realm of public history.


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