May 13, 2013
The Jesse Scott Sammons Farmstead in Albemarle Co. made this year's most endangered list by the nonprofit organization Preservation Virginia.
Family members of the people buried in that cemetery and other members of the community came out to acknowledge the historical site.
The farmstead is home to a African American cemetery and a house owned by Jesse Sammons.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wanted to run part of the Western Bypass project through that land, but has since decided to go around the cemetery, but family members are still unsure about how the house on the property will be impacted.
The great-great grandniece of Jesse Sammons spoke about what being on the endangered list means to her.
"Other organizations in the area are working to preserve African American history and Native American history and others that don't receive as much attention in the discipline," says Erica Caple James. "This is a shift in how we think about history and whose history is important."
James is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A member of Preservation Virginia also spoke at the event and explained that they want to encourage organizations to continue to advocate for these sites and to come to reasonable solutions for their protection.
All of these sites have had issues with transportation expansion projects.
Other sites on the list include:
- The Arlington National Cemetery Cultural Landscape
- The Luray Graded and High School
- The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation & Museum
- The Compton-Bateman House
- The Fearn Site
- Rosenwald Schools in Virginia
- The Manassas Battlefield Historic District Region