Charles Barbour

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Charles Barbour

Term Start 1974
Term End 1976
Preceded by Francis Fife
Succeeded by Nancy O'Brien

Electoral District at-large
Term Start 1970
Term End 1978

Biographical Information

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Charles Barbour served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1974 to 1976. He was the first African-American to hold the position. He served on City Council from 1970 to 1978[1].

He supported a site for Fashion Square Mall within City limits, though the project was eventually built in Albemarle County.


Barbour attended Burley School, a segregated black school and got involved in politics in the early 1960's as a member of the local branch of the NAACP. A nurse by training, Barbour was courted as a candidate by the Democratic Party in 1970, with Francis Fife as a running mate.

Downtown Mall

Barbour was only one of two votes during the March 18, 1974 vote that created the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, as three other Councilors had to recuse themselves from the vote[2]. He presided over the opening of the Downtown Mall in 1976. Mitch Van Yahres called Barbour 'the father of the Downtown Mall'[3].


  1. Schilling, Rob. "Charlottesville Elections: Exposing Central Party Democrat Fraud, Corruption, Racial Manipulation and Hypocrisy." Weblog post. The Schilling Show Blog. 5 Mar. 2009. 13 July 2009 <>.
  2. Tubbs, Sean J., and Brian A. Wheeler. "Former Councilors Share Memories of Early Days of Downtown Mall." Audio blog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <>.
  3. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009