Published April 9, 2024

Public Humanities Fellow Ina Dixon visited our office in Charlottesville on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 for a discussion of Danville, Virginia, and its neighborhood and former textile town of Schoolfield.

Both the city and the neighborhood are on their way to economic revitalization — a revitalization, however, that threatens to elide remembrance of the racial legacy of Dan River Mills, a corporate giant that manufactured textiles in the city from 1882, when the city was governed under bi-racial political rule, until 2006, when the city sought to shake off its historic identity as a mill town.

Ina’s talk focused on the history of Dan River Mills and how that history may be best contemplated for public display and understanding in a time of radical change in Danville.

About the Fellow

Dr. Ina Dixon received her PhD in American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked as a public historian in Virginia for over ten years. She also works as a historic consultant on historic tax credit projects through her company, Storied Capital, based in Danville, Va. Her work as a Virginia Humanities Public Humanities Fellow explores how a former mill town in Danville is being transformed through major economic developments, and the role of the remembered past and public history in that transformation.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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