Prince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report, August 21 2020

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Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Hidden in Plain Sight
with Joyce Hudson, Alliance to Save Carver Road
Monday, August 24, 7:00pm online
RSVP Required, click here to register and receive a link to join the meeting.

There is a unique community tucked into a corner of Gainesville along Route 29 that you probably aren’t aware of. Formerly one of Northern Virginia’s most significant, most stable Black communities, the Settlement is where freed slaves “settled” after Emancipation and where their descendants continue to live today, in an area surrounding Carver Road. 

Dominion Energy unsuccessfully targeted this community for destruction and now Prince William County planners propose extensive development. Join us to hear about the Settlement’s rich history, efforts to rebuild Mt. Pleasant church following arson attacks, proposals to ruin the area with extensive development, and attempts to save this historic treasure. 
Alliance to Save Carver Road

News articles and other information to read up on The Settlement before you join us on Monday evening for a fascinating look at this special place.

Alliance to Save Carver Road Facebook Page

The Settlement: Cashing Out Their History; Descendants of Slave Settlers Sell Prince William Enclave, Washington Post 2005

Preserving the Settlement, InsideNova 

Prince William Times, Stories from the Settlement

As Data Centers Bloom..., Washington Post

NBC4Washington, Dominion Reconsiders Power Line Route; NBC4Washington

InsideNova, Prince William Power Line, No Rest for Opponents after Carver

InsideNova, Lawmakers make pitch to bury controversial power linesl

Historic Black Church Gets New Funding to Rebuild After 2012 Arson; NBC Washington

Occoquan Reservoir