About this site

This site showcases acts of segregation and activism in Virginia from the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954. Research for the site is based primarily on secondary scholarship, though links to relevant primary sources are included.

Using the Site

There are four main avenues for which to explore the site.

Click on segregation and activism to find various examples of segregationist legislation created by the Virginia General Assembly or city councils and events of activism by the African-American community.

You can also explore by viewing a list of people that were central to the story of Virginia’s race relations.

Click on the timeline to see the events of Virginia’s history within a national context. Events in Virginia’s history link from the timeline to individual pages within the site.

Lastly, read an overview of race relations in Virginia to better understand the motivations and context of the various episodes featured in this site.


Each page under segregation and activism includes a list of sources. For the full bibliography, click here.

About the Project

Jim Crow Lived Here: Race Relations in Virgina, 1863-1954 was produced as part of a History and New Media course at George Mason University. The site was built using Omeka with the Exhibit Builder, Simple Pages, and Simple Vocab plugins. The theme for the site is the custom Mall Theme developed for Histories of the National Mall, a project developed by George Mason University's Center for History and New Media.

The site is maintained by Amy Benjamin, a graduate student at the university. Her interest in the topic began with a seminar paper she wrote about the 1926 Public Assemblages Act. The site is a work in progress and more research about the history of Virginia's race relations will continue to be added throughout the next year.


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