The Ramsey Homes were constructed in 1941 for African-American Federal government and enlisted military people defense workers as part of the war effort. These four stucco buildings are located in the historic Parker-Gray District of Alexandria. In March 2016, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) was granted permission by the City Council to redevelop the Ramsey Homes as part of the Braddock East Master Plan (BEMP). Genealogist and historian Char McCargo Bah explores the historical issues surrounding this controversial project. It is part of a larger national debate about how to balance preservation with progress and concerns that gentrification will price residents out of their traditional neighborhoods.
Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of Finding Things for U, LLC. She has been a genealogist since 1981. Sought after for her expertise, McCargo Bah has been interviewed for numerous television shows and documentaries, including those produced for CBS, FOX 5, Comcast, and PBS. She has also received numerous awards for her work and she was named a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014. McCargo Bah served as the official genealogist for the Office of Historic Alexandria’s work in identifying descendants of those buried at the city’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery. She is co-author of African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.
This lecture will be presented on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum. The event is free and open to the public, and it is appropriate for all ages.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 and it is five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available. For more information, please call 703.746.4356.
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