Spotlight on Cultural Landscapes
Perpetual Neglect: The Preservation Crisis of African-American Cemeteries
"It’s hard to think of a cultural landscape type that’s as stubbornly resistant to restoration as a neglected African-American cemetery. For even beyond the daunting practical and financial obstacles, there’s another significant challenge. What does restoration of these landscapes look like? What are the programmatic possibilities for cemeteries that no longer function as active burial sites? What are the opportunities for reinterpretation and redesign?"
In May 2017, Places Journal published a feature article, written by Zach Mortice, on the preservation crisis of African-American Cemetries that Charlottesville has confronted at sites like the Daughters of Zion Cemetery. You can read an excerpt here and the full piece on the Places Journal website.