Cinder Stanton will share some preliminary findings about the lives of the poor residents of the Ragged Mountains in the 19th and 20th centuries—her own neighborhood. What were the people described by everyone from Edgar Allan Poe to a UVA professor a century later as “savage,” “primitive,” “degraded,” and “degenerate” really like? And where did they come from?
The focus will be on the area closest to Charlottesville along Route 29 south—the location of the most ill-famed inhabitants. There will be only fleeting references to two towering figures of the more western portion of the Ragged Mountains, Samuel Miller and the Rev. Frederick Neve, who deserve presentations all to themselves.
Time and Location: 4 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA. There is plenty of parking. The JSAAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.