Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces

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At their regular meeting on May 6, 2016, the Charlottesville City Council passed a resolution forming the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces.  To read the resolution in full, please click here.

On June 6, City Council appointed the following members to the Blue Ribbon Commission:

  • Rachel Lloyd, PLACE representative
  • Margaret O’Bryant, Historic Resources Committee representative
  • Andrea Douglas
  • Frank Dukes
  • Don Gathers, Chair
  • Melvin Burruss
  • Jane Smith
  • John Mason, Vice Chair
  • Sue Lewis

Subcommittees created to focus on the City Council charge:



 Commission                 members               


Public Engagement    

Frank Dukes

Melvin Burruss

To develop engagement format for community forums
Case Studies    

Don Gathers

Sue Lewis

Research other cities who have taken on similar responsibilities as the the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces 

Inventory of Historical Sites    

Rachel Lloyd

Andrea Douglas

Create an inventory of historical sites in the City of Charlottesville that are related to the City Council charge
Historical Context and Background    

John Mason

Margaret O'Bryant

Jane Smith

Examine the full history of inventoried sites in Charlottesville and research histories that haven't been told


Meeting Schedule & Agendas

    Report Draft
Date  Time    Meeting Location   Agenda  Audio Recording
 June 16, 2016  6pm - 8pm      NDS Conference Room     Click Here
 June 23, 2016  6pm - 8 pm CitySpace  June 23, 2016    Click Here
 July 7, 2016  6pm - 8pm CitySpace  July 7, 2016  Click Here
 July 20, 2016  6pm - 8pm Basement Conference Room  July 20, 2016  Click Here
 July 27, 2016  6pm - 9pm

Comnty Forum - Jefferson School

Comnty Forum flip chart notes

 July 27, 2016


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 August 11, 2016  6pm - 8pm CitySpace (Corrected)  August 11, 2016  Click Here
 August 13, 2016  9am - 12pm Bus Tour; CitySpace    Click Here
 August 24, 2016  6pm - 8pm CitySpace August 24, 2016  Click Here
 September 1, 2016  5:30-7pm  Vin. Hill Park Design, CitySpace  no agenda  Click Here
 September 1, 2016  6:45 - 8pm  CitySpace  Sept. 1, 2016  Click Here
 September 8, 2016  6pm - 8pm Tonsler Park Recreation Center  Sept. 8, 2016  Click Here
 September 22, 2016       6pm- 9pm Buford MS, Community Forum  Sept. 22, 2016

 1st Public Comment

2nd Public Comment

 October 6, 2016  6pm - 8pm

Clark Elementary School Gym

                                   Concept Notes

                                 Statue Estimates

 Oct. 6, 2016



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 October, 19, 2016  6pm - 8pm Water Street Center    Click Here
 November 1, 2016  6pm - 8pm Water Street Center    Click Here
 November 10, 2016   6pm - 9pm Walker School, Community Forum Report Draft  Click Here
 November 28, 2016  6pm - 8pm  CitySpace    




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