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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Settlement

September 24, 2020 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
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There is a unique community tucked into a corner of Gainesville along Route 29 that you probably aren’t aware of. Formerly one of Northern Virginia’s most significant, most stable Black communities, the Settlement is where freed slaves “settled” after Emancipation and where their descendants continue to live today, in an area surrounding Carver Road.

Dominion Energy unsuccessfully targeted this community for destruction and now Prince William County planners propose extensive development. Join the Prince William Conservation Alliance to hear about the Settlement’s rich history, efforts to rebuild Mt. Pleasant church following arson attacks, proposals to ruin the area with extensive development, and attempts to save this historic treasure.

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