Drewary J. Brown

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Drewary J. Brown was a Charlottesville civil rights leader and activist. He died on April 5, 1998. [1]


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Biography

Brown grew up on Washington Street. His father was lynched when Brown was three years old.[2]

Positions

At a City Council public hearing in October 1983, he spoke in favor of issuance of $9.5 million in bonds for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to pay a private developer for what would become the Omni Hotel. [3]

Legacy

The Drewary J. Brown Bridge, which crosses the railroad tracks on West Main Street, is named in Brown's honor.[4]

Charlottesville awards the annual Bridge Builder Award to honor residents for bringing the community together in the spirit of Brown.[4]

He was also one of the founders of the Monticello Area Community Action Agency. [5]

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce awarded Brown with the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award in 1989. [6]

External Links

Interview with Drewary Brown about civil rights provided by UVa Library

References

  1. Print: City activist Brown dies at 80, Michael Cardman, Daily Progress, Media General April 6, 1998, Page A1.
  2. Web. From Porch Swings to Patios: Oral History Project - Interview of Drewary Brown on December 16, 1980, Department of Community Planning Advisory Board, retrieved February 6, 2012.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, October 24, 1983.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Web. Bridge Builders Awards Given Out, Venton Blandin, newsplex.com, Gray Television, Inc., Sep 21, 2006, retrieved Feb 7, 2012.
  5. Web. Online Exhibit: Frances Brand Collection, Part One Exhibit, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, retrieved 15 Feb 2012.
  6. Web. Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, Website, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved November 14, 2017.