Charlottesville is now closer to seeing a large-scale monument that honors a historic African-American neighborhood that was razed about half a century ago in the name of urban renewal.
In a news release Wednesday, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center announced it will receive a $34,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the Vinegar Hill monument. The grant will be used to develop public programming in support of the project.
The 12-foot-high, 12-ton stainless steel monument will sit on the lawn of the Jefferson School. The monument, as envisioned by renowned sculptor Melvin Edwards, will feature an abstract design of arcs, circles and other shapes with a metal chain that are meant to represent the strength and bonds of a community.
Prior to this month, about $20,000 had been raised for the project, which started in 2012 following discussions that were part of the city’s Dialogue on Race.
The total cost of the project is expected to be about $302,000.