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Document Details


Title: Booker and Donna Reaves
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Virginia. Carter G. Woodson Institute. Virginia Center for Digital History
Collection: Ridge Street Oral Histories
Description: Booker Reaves, who was raised in the Ridge Street neighborhood, was a pioneering black educator in Charlottesville and was the principal of the Jefferson School before and during integration in the 1950s. His wife, Donna Reaves, also worked at the Jefferson School (and later at Albemarle High School) and together they raised four children on 755 Ridge Street. The Reaves discuss schooling before and after integration, social and commercial life in and around Ridge Street, and their experiences as black educators and community members in a racially divided society. The interview covers topics including the development of the Ridge Street neighborhood, recollections from the Jefferson School, Howard University and the University of Virginia, and details about businesses and commerce in Vinegar Hill.
URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/afam/raceandplace/transcripts/reaves.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1994 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Reaves, Donna
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Teacher
Document date: 08-Sep-1994
Interviewer: Hiatt, Jean; Smith, Ashlin
Locations discussed: Charlottesville, VA; North America; United States; Virginia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Charlottesville, VA; Community; Local history; Neighborhood; North America; Oral history; Race relations; United States; Virginia
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024785-26510