Model Sculpture Honoring Vinegar Hill on Display

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The model for a sculpture commissioned to celebrate Charlottesville's history was on display Wednesday night.

Participants in the Dialogue on Race, and the Jefferson School commissioned the nationally renowned artist, Melvin Edwards to create a monument to honor the city's African-American Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Edwards presented the model of the sculpture to a group of about 30 people at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Vinegar Hill was leveled in 1964, and today Ridge-McIntire runs through it. Edwards says he hopes the sculpture will remind people of the lost neighborhood.

"The idea of a community redeveloping and hopefully having a significant future and the idea was that there would be a sculpture that would focus on that possibility," said Edwards.

The sculpture will sit beside the Jefferson School City Center grounds, which for 97 years served as the school for African americans in Charlottesville.

The group will spend the next year fundraising between $100,000 and $200,000 for the work, and then Edwards will spend a year building it.