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Memories of Africville

Urban Renewal, Reparations, and the Africadian Diaspora

From: Black Geographies

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The field of historic preservation and conservation in the Americas is ill equipped to deal with the complex history of forced removal. Community-based demands placed on restorative justice through memory-making and commemoration often fall short and fail to respond to the pressures of competing interests. Meanwhile, the kinds of methodological tools now being developed to promote social justice through historic preservation increasingly rely on a better understanding of various theoretical and applied fields, including human geography, architectural history, black studies, and heritage studies. This chapter suggests a preliminary approach to the study of forced removal and lays out a means of “restorative social justice” through civic engagement.

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Angel David Nieves

Angel David Nieves is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. His scholarly work and activism critically engage with issues of heritage preservation, gender, and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in the global South.