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Monday, June 29, 2015

Harrisonburg's Shameful "Urban Renewal" of the '50's and '60's

                      

 REMEMBERING PROJECT R4

October 2000
                       eightyone magazine

                       by Lauren McKinney

               Forty years ago, in the name
                of urban renewal, Harrisonburg
               bulldozed the heart of its black
               community, including homes,
                businesses and churches.
               Some say the city never recovered.
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These  are the opening lines of one of the most powerful exposes you will ever read about how Harrisonburg gutted the northeast community 55 years ago and forever changed the landscape and the lifestyle of members of its African-American minority.

Here's the link to the powerful must-read piece written by Lauren McKinney for eightyone magazine in 2000:
http://www.eightyone.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/r4issue.pdf
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