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Published May 23, 2024

Public Humanities Fellow Ina Dixon is working on a project focused on 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 project is 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.

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