SNP memorials for displaced mountain people

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GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An often overlooked piece of local history is being remembered through unique memorials, one of which was finished Sunday afternoon.

Chimneys are being built around the area to recognize those who were pushed out of the Shenandoah National Park when it was being established in the 1930s.

The Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors received a grant to help fund construction for the project, which is officially called the Blue Ridge Heritage Project.

The chimney that was completed on Sunday is the fifth of eight chimneys in the project and is located at the intersection of Main Street and Celt Road in Standardsville.

"The mountain people have been forgotten and this project is really bringing it to the forefront that a big price was paid for the Shenandoah National Park," said Larry Lamb, a board member for the project who is also a descendant of those who were displaced.

A bronze plaque listing the names of the families affected will be attached to the chimney this week, and the official dedication will be next Sunday.

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