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RTD Article by Williams: Stratford Hills used to be called Granite – a vibrant Black community that should not be forgotten

Great article looking into a bit of forgotten history.

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A bit of history I knew nothing about and worth a read:

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Granite — also the name of a stretch of road that would become Forest Hill Avenue — was populated by the descendants of enslaved people who worked in nearby quarries above the James River. Extending roughly from Hathaway Road to just past Huguenot High School, Granite is as obscure as Jackson Ward is notable.

But progress — in the form of highways — cut like a knife through both communities, decimating Jackson Ward and leaving Granite with little tangible evidence of its existence.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.