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Sara Perkins Tuttle’s Church Hill Project

Sara Perkins Tuttle’s Church Hill Project is one person’s active discovery of the neighborhood’s past and present:

Pink street stoop sitting

This photo was taken from my car in front of my old house, 978 Pink Street. Before we closed on our current house [on 25th Street], this past Fall, my husband stumbled across the transcript of an interview done in 1982 of a woman born in 1892 named Edna Loundes about her life in Church Hill. The interview took place at her residence, 615 N. 25th st.

As I continued to read the transcript, I came to realize that she had lived her entire life (except a few years) in Church hill, and within Church Hill she had lived in only two houses: our current residence [on 25th Street] and the EXACT property on which our former house on Pink street now stands.

At that moment I became instantly aware that there was a rich history of this neighborhood of which I was completely ignorant and which seemed to be asserting itself in a unique way. This blog as an exercise into looking, reflecting and researching the places which I inhabit came to my mind as a result of that moment reading Mrs. Loundes’ interview.

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10 comments

Eric S. Huffstutler 06/17/2014 at 8:20 AM

I see your blog mentions segregation in Church Hill. My July CHA Newsletter article is about Baseball in and around Church Hill and how segregation played a part in its demise from originally being a popular pastime in our community.

You will find like I have that anything North of Broad have a historical archive void also due to segregation so finding photos will be difficult.

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Church Hill Oral History Project: Edna Mitchell Loundes ‹ CHPN 06/17/2014 at 10:09 AM

[…] The Church Hill Oral History Project was until recently hosted on the VCU Library website. A redesign made the material unavailable. Ray Bonis (Archives Coordinator of Special Collections and Archives at the James Branch Cabell Library) was able to help me out in getting the transcript for Edna Mitchell Loundes as bit of a companion piece to this morning’s post about Sara Perkins Tuttle’s Church Hill Project. […]

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Eric S. Huffstutler 06/17/2014 at 10:39 AM

Way to go Ray! he has also helped me out in the past with my articles.

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