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Carver Heights History Harvest: Columbus' First Post WWII Segregated Suburb

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The Carver Heights subdivision was the first post-World War II segregated neighborhood in Columbus, Ga, located just outside the boundaries of the city. Carver Heights become an engine in the production of the city's black middle class. 

In fall 2018, students from CSU's Department of History and Geography welcomed residents and homeowners to the Carver Heights History Harvest held at the Mildred Terry Library. We collected oral histories and photographs from community members to create this digital humanities project. The project includes interviews, images, timelines, and maps to help share the story of the Carver Heights community.

During this course we were asked to prepare a short article on the history of the community for the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office's journal Reflections. It was published in November 2018 a few weeks before the end of our class. 

With the continued support of community members we hope to prepare a nomination for the National Register of Historic Districts. Registration recognizes the central role this community played in the history of the city. Being on the National Register does not place any restrictions on home owners or their homes, it is designed to help recognize and celebrate the neighborhood and its impact on the city.