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The Office of Equity and Inclusion

Mission

The mission of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is to achieve equity in service delivery, decision making, and community engagement. OEI works to both equip and inspire County departments and policymakers to facilitate and maintain a community that is welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to everyone.

Inclusive Community

Equity Roadshow

The Equity Roadshow is a community engagement initiative led by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Over a 12-week period, OEI staff traveled around the county to talk to community members about their experiences. At each location, a questionnaire was used to give residents the opportunity to talk about their access to resources like health services, childcare, and groceries. Residents were asked about their favorite places in the county to learn more about where they spend their time.

Through this initiative, staff were able to connect to residents where they were— at coffee shops, gas stations, workplaces, libraries, or school— and gain valuable insight into the community. The information gathered will be used to inform a more equitable and inclusive Albemarle County.

In Spring 2020, staff plan on continuing the Roadshow around the county to share what was learned about equity in Albemarle County.

B.F. Yancey Community Center

The B.F. Yancey Community Center was approved as a concept in 2018 after the former school by the same name was closed in May 2017 by the Albemarle County School Board. The former students were disbursed to Scottsville Elementary and Red Hill Elementary, two other County schools in relative proximity.

Yancey was founded in 1960 and was built on the same site as the old Esmont High School. The elementary school was named after Benjamin Franklin Yancey, an African-American educator who came to the area in the 1890’s.

Today, the B.F. Yancey School Community Center is continuing its steady development as a valued new community resource in greater Southern Albemarle as more agencies are opting for physical presence in the facility and more activities are occurring on a regular basis.

The service footprint for the B.F. Yancey School Community Center includes Southern Albemarle, and the adjoining areas of Nelson, Buckingham and Fluvanna Counties.

For more information about the space or to make an event reservation please visit the Yancey Community Center page.

Equity Atlas – Coming Soon

The Regional Equity Atlas is a collaborative tool that is inclusive of the voices, work, and expertise of our regional community; it is a “decision support tool” that helps to visualize information about inequity and opportunity by mapping data and information. The Regional Equity Atlas was developed by the UVA Scholars Lab, UVA Library System, and UVA School of Architecture with other community partners.

Community Remembrance

The Albemarle County Community Remembrance Project is a Board of Supervisors’ initiative to support the sharing of Albemarle County history. It is specifically intended to broaden the scope of our publicly told histories to be more inclusive of our complete community.

Monacan Remembrance

OEI and Parks and Recreation have recently started working with the Monacan Tribal Nation in order to memorialize their long history in Albemarle County and the nearby regions within our parks.

Our goal is to build a strong relationship with the Tribe so this can be an on-going collaboration, focusing not only on Monacan history but also their present contributions to our community. Based on feedback from the Monacan Tribal Council, we are trying to find ways to work together so that the Monacan people can take ownership of the narrative they want to share.

We are very excited about this collaboration!

Traveling Soil Exhibit

Background: Between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. EJI has documented more than 4000 racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. EJI supplemented this research by documenting racial terror lynchings in eight additional states which accounted for more than 300 racial terror lynchings.

The Equal Justice Initiative's (EJI) Community Remembrance Project is a campaign to recognize the victims of lynching by collecting soil from lynching sites, erecting historical markers, and creating a memorial that acknowledges the horrors of racial injustice.

Say His Name | His Story: On July 12th, 1898, John Henry James, an African American man, was lynched near Charlottesville, in Albemarle County, for allegedly assaulting an unmarried white woman.

 

On July 11, 1898, John Henry James was accused of criminally assaulting Miss Julia Hotopp outside the gate of her home near Charlottesville. He was charged for the assault and arrested. Fearing a potential lynching mob, officials arranged James' transfer by train to a facility in Staunton, VA. James was in the charge of Chief of Police Frank Parish and Lucien Wells, sheriff of the county. When the train stopped at Wood's Crossing Station (four miles west of Charlottesville) the train was boarded by a mob of unmasked, armed men. The mob was estimated to be about 150 individuals and overwhelmed James' escort.

The mob seized James and carried him 40 yards from Woods Crossing to a small locust tree. After being allowed to pray for twenty minutes, James was hanged and shot. The Shenandoah Herald reported that 75 perforated his body. Despite his death, a grand jury found John Henry James guilty.

John Henry James' story is provided by JMU's Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia, 1877 - 1927 research project.

 Historic Markers

Virginia’s Historical Marker Program is the oldest such program in the nation, beginning in 1927 when a handful of markers were erected along U.S. 1 between Richmond and Mount Vernon.

Albemarle County is home to 80+ historical markers. The goal of the Historic Markers project is to tell a more inclusive history of Albemarle County by increasing the representation of women and people of color.

If you have an idea for a local historic marker, let us know!

 


 
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